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Ian Wigglesworth
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Richard,

I had the PowerCab 6 months before finding out it had an ammeter!!

There is still so much information I missed out on in the review, but where do you stop?

I forgot to put in that it has buttons to increment speed a fast one and slow one, depending on the speed step setting.
The slow speed increment button always operates at 1 speed step.

As you know there is a short cut button that can switch between 28 and 128 speed steps;

In 28 speed step mode the increment button increases speed in steps of 4.
In 128 speed step mode the increment button increases speed in steps of 10.

So not only do you have a thumb wheel but also push buttons for speed control, it really is astonishing what they have put into this unit for the price!

Mikelhh.

You wont be disappointed!
OK the Elite and Dynamis have now come along and have a bigger screens and alpha numeric display, but the ease of use and available functions on the PowerCab are just a winning formula and nothing can really compare to it on value for money.
I do like the other two systems and I did prefer the rotary controls of the Elite, but it's let down on function control and the Select-Walkabout not having full functionality, if these two things had been sorted it would to me come a very close second, but the price would still need to come down, slightly.
The Dynamis can't read CV's and I just don't like the joystick control, it's OK saying it will read CV's when the pro-box is launched but thats going to cost extra money, which takes the price way above that of the PowerCab which is now at £89 from Bromsgrove models!!
The PowerCab is just so simple to use, and I'm sure NCE will at some point launch an updated Power Cab which has a bigger screen with the alpha numeric display.
The 3 different cabs available for the PowerCab all have full functionality.
You can even buy the Power Cab it's self called the Deluxe cab, so you can have two identical cabs on the system, although at £80 is it worth just buying a complete Powercab system for £89?
I will be doing this at some point, as it will also give you an extra 2 locos in the recall stack 2 in each controller!

You've read my blog which I have included information on connecting up a Smart Booster, this is slightly different to the standard booster!!
Standard booster just needs a 3amp power supply and will give the layout 3amps to the track.
Smart Booster also needs a 3amp power supply but it also allows 3 further cabs to be connected and will allow all of them to be unplugged and moved about in true walk about stylie....

If any one has more questions just ask away.
 

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Ian Wigglesworth
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QUOTE (redrgb @ 15 Jun 2008, 09:17) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>i thought that the other controller not being a command staion would have a recall stack of 6 like a procab as the memory in the powercab is being used for the comand station.

Would have been nice if that were the case but it's not!
Tried it yesterday on my set up, as I've just bought my dad the Delux Cab for his birthday/fathers day present, it will still give him 2 locos in the recall stack on both controllers but thats it, you don't get 6 in the recall stack.

Sorry about that!

Cheers
 

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Ian Wigglesworth
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QUOTE (Richard Johnson @ 15 Jun 2008, 15:48) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>***Bear in mind you can still run way more than two loco's - its just that only two are on "one button recall". I really don't think this issue is a big one at all, especially since the way the system reacts to non-recall stack locos has been changed.

Richard
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Richard,

NCE didn't send lots of the Version 1.28b firmware over though did they?
I know John at bromsgrove models had a few but not many.
Has NCE done any more firmware updates yet apart from the V1.28c which is for the USB interface?
More importantly do I need to send my registration card off again to get the V1.28b chip?

cheers
 

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Ian Wigglesworth
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As far as I know that is the very latest version of firmware.
I had the new chip sent to me last year which was version 1.28.
NCE did release a partial update to select if you wanted the functions to switch on/off when selecting a loco out of the recall stack.
I believe this was V1.28b

The version you have V1.28C is the latest with modifications to make it work with the new USB PC interface.

If you buy the PC interface on it's own, it actually comes with V1.28C

Cheers
 
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