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07-21-2020 06:45 AM
Dan Pierce I can tell you that a friend of mine with the NCE system does have to depress the F1 key and count presses for functions on the old version LGB Mikado. I worked on this engine and I believed I had to do the same but I do not remember if it was the MX1 or MX10 system that I used. 4 F1 presses will give F4 results. It is the SUSI sound unit that needs serial communication on this old Mikado and it was Klaus that installed the decoder many years ago.
07-20-2020 04:45 PM
Greg Elmassian So if I set my MX32 to 14 speed steps on a particular loco address, does it change the functions to serial?
07-19-2020 07:03 AM
Dan Pierce Serial implies 14 speed steps and the MX32 needs to set the decoder address to 14 steps, and if using a zimo decoder the decoder cv112 needs to have the value of 128 added. OF course if you have the original LGB serial only decoders (55020 for instance) then only the Zimo MX 32 (read any system handheld needs 14 speed steps assigned to the engine address).
07-18-2020 07:37 PM
Greg Elmassian So the MX31 handheld could set a CV in the command station... weird... I'll have to look at an old manual...


I assume I can set serial on a loco by loco basis in my systems?


Greg
07-13-2020 08:28 AM
Dan Pierce The MX1 has access to the CV's via the MX31 ( and older handhelds) handheld device.
You can program remote resets of the command station as well as some re-configurations.



The newer system (MX10) has access directly from the front panel.
07-12-2020 04:40 PM
Greg Elmassian ??? how do you change a CV in the command station?


Do it like setting a decoder, on programming track in service mode?


Does it work in MX32?



Greg
07-12-2020 07:17 AM
Dan Pierce Zimo does support serial communication.


MX1 CV99 changes serial pulse timing in the command console/station. This can help for programming some decoders that drive switches.



Decoder cv112 bit 7 (add 128) is for serial communication. Needed for using decoders on old MTS systems. I have the original 55000 which has serial only and a mouse.
Use F1 on the zimo system with multiple depresses to get function, that is f1 4 times gives F4, etc.
07-11-2020 11:49 PM
Greg Elmassian Maybe it would be good to make a list of the current systems that support serial commands....


Dan, I did not check the Zimo, I know NCE and Digitrax do not.


Greg
07-11-2020 07:22 AM
Dan Pierce On another note, the old LGB sound units (mikado and mogul are 2 I have dealt with) have a serial only interface to the sound board, therefore both the decoder and command station need to do serial for sound activations. One of these days I will replace the Mogul sound and LGB decoder with a modern all in one decoder from Zimo.
07-10-2020 12:07 PM
1to3 Piko Digital units do both serial and parallel decoder styles, so your original MTS decoder will still work. (I use one)
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