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Statement from Ixion Model Railways Ltd
I have spent a great deal of years working on model digital electronics. Many years ago, I used a MPU, such as an i4004 computer chip. In designing these systems, it tooik a great deal of programming, in machine language, to make it operate like the protoype. It was cumbersom, and complicated, to program. Operation, was EASY, and SIMPLE. As I hope you will be able to understand the complete operation. This signal system, works exactly like the prototype. When I put it together for the first time, I was, like always, a bit skeptical about how the operation would work, like it should. To my surpise, and pleasure, it only needed a 2 command instruction, and it worked. FIRST TIME!
I have never run a blog before, so, please bare with me, and feel free to add your suggestions, and ask questions.
I have spoke with Joe Fugate, many months ago, and he said it would be a good thing to show everyone how it worked. Well, after long mulling over this, I decided I want to help other model railroaders, with my 45 years of digital design, and operation experience, by sharing all of the schematics, and a full explanation on how it was designed, and how it was put together to make it come together as a system that can be made by the average modeller, who has little or no concept, on digital electronics. I have seen some great ideas here on MRH.
These are NOT for sale!! I am NOT a business. I feel this should be shared, and let others use the design, and I am SURE, help imporove it, in ways that will benefit all model railroaders. Mr. Fugate wanted me to write an article, and, as I know running a business takes money,(it takes mioney to make money), I didn't want to put the magazine into a position to have to pay for my article. This is our hobby, as a collective, and ya'll have been very helpful to me, in my 39 years of model railroading. Joe, I hope this helps you and the magaizine out, and gives another chance to get it out to ya'll, for your use. With that in mind, I will gladly share all information, and if ya'll want boards or MCU parts, preprogrammed,(I will sell you the MCU, for COST, and a shipping fee, for express mail.) nothing more. I plan on keeping the firmware under copyright, and not release it at this time. However, this will not make your construction of these a problem. It will be released someday, as I worked a long time, to get it right. This way, those of you can concentrate on making this happen for you I have boards made, but, I will give out the GRBR files, so you will not have to buy them from me, and get them made VERY inexpenively. I will provide all the information that you will need! Count on it!
I will share all schematics, and operating setups, as we go through the way it was designed, and implemented, to operate like the real thing, and independently, on DC, or DCC layouts.
I will do my utmost, to show it in detail, so please, if I do not make things clear to you at first, please ask. I will explain it in a much deeper detail, if it is needed. And for those who want to interface it to your DCC, as I have, it is EASILY done, without all of the other manufactures products needed.(They can be interfaced also, but, why?).
For all of you out there, who finds all this electronics/electrical stuff over your head, I will make it simple for you to understand, and please, I just want to share something that has been a passion to me for 30 some odd years.I will help you. period.
Hope y'a'll enjoy, and maybe use this system, to your advantage. Prices for components are VERY inexpensinve, and all BOM's for each part, is included.
The only real thing I would like in return, is to be able to keep the copyright on the schematics, when passed on to others. The firmware will gladly be programmed by me, at this time, and the firmware will not be released as of this moment. The only item I will just sell to others, NOT AS A BUSINESS, but as a fellow modeller, will be the MCU's. There will not be any gouging, or anything underhanded. I am an extremely honest person, and being not many have helped me with ANY portion of this fabulous hobby, I want to give to it something that will hopefully be well recieved, and well respected. As for me, I don't want to run a business, as I retired to NOT run a business. Besides... Wouldn't you appreciate something, and someone who really puts it all, for the benefit of others? My faith, tells me, I should share this, so others can benefit, and use it, and pass it on to other genreations of modellers!
I will start entering another blog entry soon, but until then, I have to figure out to upload a PDF file, so everyone can download them, when they please.
Download the file here: https://www.railpage.com.au/downloads?mode=download.view&id=1209
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