DCC Booster questions

 
  VLine-N Station Master

Location: Adelaide
G'Day All,

I currently have a Digitrax DCS50 Zephyr which puts out 2.5amps. It has been running reliably for several years but....

I now am in the process of building a new layout in a room which has a size of 4 x 5.5 metres. The new layout will be around the walls (twice around) and consists of a 7 track staging yard, a shunting yard on the other long side, several passing loops and sidings.

I will be running 3 locos with ESU Loksound decoders and maybe 3-4 locos with std decoders. I don't think I would exceed these numbers

Hoping I can get some answers to the following:

1. Which Digitrax booster model I would need based on the above details? 5amp or 8amp
2. Where can I get a suitable power supply
3. Can the booster just be plugged in between the Zephyr and the power bus wires to the track

Any help much appreciated

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  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
G'Day All,

I currently have a Digitrax DCS50 Zephyr which puts out 2.5amps. It has been running reliably for several years but....

I now am in the process of building a new layout in a room which has a size of 4 x 5.5 metres. The new layout will be around the walls (twice around) and consists of a 7 track staging yard, a shunting yard on the other long side, several passing loops and sidings.

I will be running 3 locos with ESU Loksound decoders and maybe 3-4 locos with std decoders. I don't think I would exceed these numbers

Hoping I can get some answers to the following:

1. Which Digitrax booster model I would need based on the above details? 5amp or 8amp
2. Where can I get a suitable power supply
3. Can the booster just be plugged in between the Zephyr and the power bus wires to the track

Any help much appreciated
"VLine-N"

That doesn't strike me as a load that will require more than a 5 amp booster, indeed, I'd give it a shot with the 2.5A system, you're not talking about a lot of load.

Suitable power supply, have a chat to Aztronics in Sturt Street, or Jaycar, they ought to be able to supply you with something in the 16ish volts 5-6+A range.

DigiTrax is not something I am familiar with. Technically a booster is just a fancy amplifier and you can conceivably just break your track bus connect the end connected to your system to the booster input and connect the booster output to the other end of your break. That said, it's a bad idea. Doesn't the DigiTrax system have a bus for connecting boosters to the system? Best to use that, the booster bus carries the exact same information as the track bus, but it's a 'clean copy' free from the nasty spikes and kicks and pops added into the track bus by your various locos etc.
  VLine-N Station Master

Location: Adelaide
Thanks for your reply Aaron. Will try the Zephyr on it's own first when I eventually get the track work completed. I figured I would need as a minimum a 5amp booster as the sound decoders need more amperage than the 250mA of my std decoders. DCC Sound reckon they need about an amp each. Based on that if I run 3 sound and 4 non-sound I would need about 4amps.
Will see how I go. Thanks again

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