My Library - Magazine Articles By Mike Polsgrove

10 Steps to Choosing a DCC System

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-01
Page:
108
Category:
DCC
Description:
This column covers ten things to consider before buying your DCC system.

8 Ways to Enhance Operation With DCC

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-01
Page:
96
Category:
DCC
Description:
This article covers walkaround control, consisting, helper service, multi-train control, Rule 17 lighting, whistles, signals, fast clocks, and lighting effects.

DCC Buyer's Guide

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-12
Page:
74
Category:
DCC
Description:
An overview of DCC, and a listing of the various models available to model railroaders.

DCC Corner: A Word to the Wyes

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-07
Page:
80
Category:
DCC
Description:
Dealing with wyes when using DCC.

DCC Corner: Keep Your Trains Running with Power Districts

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-05
Page:
104
Category:
DCC
Description:
Information about how to wire one booster per district and how to protect blocks using automobile tail lamps.

Decoder-controlled Caboose Lighting

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-03
Page:
98
Category:
DCC
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author discusses what he had to do to install a Digitrax TF4 decoder in a caboose to gain a flashing amber roof-top beacon and red marker lights.

How Sound Decoders Work

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2004-09
Page:
94
Category:
DCC
Description:
How sound decoders are created.

How Sound Decoders Work

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2010-12
Page:
40
Category:
DCC
Description:
This article describes how sound is converted to digital bits, stored in a decoder, and how the sound is reproduced in our engines.

Locomotive Lighting Effects

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-02
Page:
94
Category:
DCC
Description:
This article discusses, in general, how to install lights in locomotives, and then programming the decoder to perform special lighting functions using Decoder Pro.

Power Buses and Districts

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-11
Page:
94
Category:
DCC
Description:
The first part of the article discusses the basics of good wiring and why that is important when DCC is used (as opposed to cab-control). The rest of the article discusses the benefits of well-thought out districts to help even the load and reduce total shut down in case of shorts.

Sound for Brass Steam

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-02
Page:
92
Category:
DCC
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he went about installing a sound decoder into a Soo Line 2-8-2 Mikado from Division Point Hobbies.

Tips for Using Wireless Throttles

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-08
Page:
78
Category:
DCC
Description:
Dealing with rechargeable batteries, holding on to throttles (various solutions), and picking good receiver locations.

Using DCC to Match Locomotive Speeds

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-09
Page:
78
Category:
DCC
Description:
The article covers speed matching, manipulating CV2, 5, and 6 to set a basic speed curve, and developing a method for locomotive speed matching.

Wiring a DCC Turntable

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-11
Page:
115
Category:
DCC
Description:
This article describes how to control the turntable motor using a locomotive decoder, and how to use the decoder's light function output to control the power to engine house stall tracks.

Wiring Reversing Sections for DCC

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2010-04
Page:
72
Category:
DCC
Description:
This article describes how to wire a reversing loop and a wye when using DCC.