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Old 04-26-2010, 01:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Can Sierra Soundtraxx be reprogrammed?

Hello all,
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I recently received three of the Sierra Soundtraxx modules for a diesel engine (USA GP7/9, GP38, SD40 or F3A&B).* Can those be reprogrammed for steam?* ( I have three Shay's. a Climax and about four 2-6-0 mogul's)
If not, anyone want to swap?
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I talked to Soundtraxx a couple months ago and yes and no. You can only re program diesel to another diesel, and steam to another steam, according to the tech at Sountraxx. Regal

Here is Soundtraxx contact info and number: speak to Jarrette
970-259-0690 They are in Durango Colo.
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Old 04-26-2010, 03:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Default RE: Can Sierra Soundtraxx be reprogrammed?

That is sort of half correct.
They cannot actually be reprogrammed like Phoenix can be.
A diesel sound can be "converted" to another diesel sound, by replacing the sound specific IC with the new one.
Likewise steam to steam.
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Jerry is 100% correct, i just received back from Jarrette 2 boards reprogramed diesel to another diesel....$20.00 great job they did. He also said they could convert steam to diesel but they needed to change something on the board but it could be done for a extra charge.
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It's called change the IC. As for the word reprogram wrong terminology. They are not like Phoenix or QSI where you plug in the system and do your thing. Later RJD
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Default RE: Can Sierra Soundtraxx be reprogrammed?

They are EXACTLY like Phoenix 96 and Phoenix 97 boards.
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Old 04-26-2010, 05:58 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Default RE: Can Sierra Soundtraxx be reprogrammed?

It is still reprogramming. Just at the factory, not by the user. User changes the chip out with a reprogrammed chip.

I just trashed a Sierra board that quit working. It is a shame. I like their boards, the way they sound, the way they did user programming. Just had major problems with keeping a battery in them! If they would just fix the charging circuit, they could easily compete with Phoenix. But I guess they chose to abandon our scale. Too bad.
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Posted By aceinspp on 26 Apr 2010 05:48 PM
It's called change the IC. As for the word reprogram wrong terminology. They are not like Phoenix or QSI where you plug in the system and do your thing. Later RJD

BLA BLA BLA...........Take the old program out and install a new one................
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Thank you all for the information. Sierra was able to tell me they can not change steam to diesel as it is a different board and not just a chip upgrade.

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Default RE: Can Sierra Soundtraxx be reprogrammed?

Rich,
Thank you for confirming what I said above.

The fact remains that a consumer cannot "re-program" either type of sound Sierra Sound like they can with later Phoenix models such as the P2k2, PB9, P5 and now P8.
What they can do is swap out a different chip to change the sound.
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