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    D-subs work, but aren't rated for any real...

    D-subs work, but aren't rated for any real current. They were designed to be signal connectors. I think most are 3A max rating, and some are a lot less.

    Radio shack used to carry knock offs of...
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    I don't think so. See...

    I don't think so. See https://www.mouser.com/CatalogRequest/Catalog.aspx, all online, but there is a PDF version.

    Too much cost, gets out of date too quickly, doesn't have a lot of the info...
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    Build your own: MUYI 5 Kit 8 Pin Way DT...

    Build your own:

    MUYI 5 Kit 8 Pin Way DT Series Connector Gray Receptacle IP67 Waterproof Heavy Duty 14-20 AWG 13 Amps Continuous DT04-8P DT04-8S w/Wedge Lock W8P W8S (5 Kits, 8 Pin)...
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    That sounds like an awesome deal. Now you just...

    That sounds like an awesome deal. Now you just need a creative name.

    On Point Dance Studio

    Waltz Right In

    At the Rail Dance
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    At the risk of incurring the wrath of Moose, I'm...

    At the risk of incurring the wrath of Moose, I'm going to tell you what I did with no photos!

    My club made 4 new corners in the fall. I've progressed one through track and partial ballast. The...
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    Something just occurred to me based on the way...

    Something just occurred to me based on the way you worded your post. On the main line there is always power present. On the programming track there is no power present unless programming is...
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    Well, I can narrow it down for you. :D Digikey...

    Well, I can narrow it down for you. :D

    Digikey has 10 solders that match 0.020, rosin core, lead free, active part numbers
    ...
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    :o 20.5v? That's a bad sign, if your meter is...

    :o

    20.5v? That's a bad sign, if your meter is working properly.

    N scale should be right around 12v. Most of the larger Digitrax equipment (e.g. DCS100) target 11.5v when the switches are in...
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    I've used some whistle signposts before crossings...

    I've used some whistle signposts before crossings before. In the real world they are far enough from the tracks to not interfere with tie replacement operations and the like, I think generally about...
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    It was interesting to me to see some of the other...

    It was interesting to me to see some of the other items in the safety link. While I've seen the kingpin jacks before I had not seen the hooks to lock the trailer to the dock, either for safety so it...
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    One other suggestion for the turnout wiring. You...

    One other suggestion for the turnout wiring. You can buy ribbon cables (like you may have seen all over older PC's to connect drives and such) with a male and female cable on the ends. That could...
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    For PowerPoles, use https://powerwerx.com or...

    For PowerPoles, use https://powerwerx.com or http://www.westmountainradio.com/

    In QTY 100 they are about $0.30/shell + $0.18/contact. Basically figure $1 for a two-connector power cable end. ...
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    Dang autocorrect. Transponding! I would...

    Dang autocorrect. Transponding!

    I would call Digitrax first as well, but I think there's a decent chance if it's broken they might replace it with a DCS51/52 for low/no cost. They are really...
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    Awesome progress. I am starting to fear your...

    Awesome progress. I am starting to fear your Zephyr's programming track output is dead for some reason. Digitrax is very good about fixing things, so if that comes to pass I would send it off to...
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    I believe this is for loading (relatively) heavy...

    I believe this is for loading (relatively) heavy cargo. Think like 55 gallon drums of liquid 4 to a pallet. When you put in the first one, with the cargo plus the forklift, there's enough weight...
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    Some random thoughts.... Andersen PowerPole...

    Some random thoughts....

    Andersen PowerPole connectors, as used by the ham radio crowd and adopted by NTrak are easy, cheap, and can be ganged together in multiple configurations. They would be...
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    This is all it is: ...

    This is all it is:

    http://www.ufp.org/~bicknell/nscale/snpp-20200104/IMG_5235.JPG

    Keep in mind, I haven't tested that this won't cause issues in all cases. FWIW, I'm planning on ordering some...
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    http://www.digitrax.com/tsd/KB579/zephyr-xtra-rese...

    http://www.digitrax.com/tsd/KB579/zephyr-xtra-reset-to-factory-default/
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    Exactly, all personal preference, which is why...

    Exactly, all personal preference, which is why all of you are wrong and I am 100% right. :D

    I second buying multiple track types. You know what, the real world isn't all one type. A Peco...
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    Your picture makes me think of another question....

    Your picture makes me think of another question.

    You have a DT400, but you didn't say if it was a radio throttle or not. A simplex throttle (UR91 receiver) cannot receive any read back over...
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    My curiosity got the best of me this morning, so...

    My curiosity got the best of me this morning, so I did a quick experiment.

    My programming track has no resistors on it. I made up a quick circuit consisting of a 1000 Ohm resistor in series with...
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    Now, this is progress! Believe it or not, you've...

    Now, this is progress! Believe it or not, you've now proven a lot of things. 1) Your command station works. 2) Your throttle works. 3) Your mainline works. 4) Your decoder in your train master...
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    You don't have FastTracks...

    You don't have FastTracks (https://www.handlaidtrack.com) on your list. Multiple choices of tie spacing, best looks by far.

    ME55 flex uses the same rail as FastTracks and has good tie spacing,...
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    Mmmmmm, edge cases. :) Heiko has a good summary,...

    Mmmmmm, edge cases. :) Heiko has a good summary, although it's funny the different things you hear.......

    The series resistor limiting inrush is mainly to keep the command station from thinking...
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    It's probably less than you think. Here's some...

    It's probably less than you think. Here's some numbers:

    http://www.nesl.ucla.edu/uploads/document/paperupload/254/PowerAnalysis.pdf

    WiFi ranged from 4-324mW depending on data rate and amount...
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