Be very careful with wireless radio controls that are supplied from outside the UK. The frequencies that are allowed in the US are not the same as those allowed in the UK. This is, I suspect, why Digitrax do not sell their radio equipped versions in the UK but instead rely on a system like your TV remote which is part of the basic handset supplied with the more expensive systems. This should be quite adequate for most UK sized models although the handset might need pointing at the receiver. Digitrax owners please comment!
The penalties for bring caught - & they do look for you - using illegal frequencies are severe.
The radio wireless systems such as the Lenz that are sold in the UK must use UK legal frequencies. Stick with UK supplied components if you are using radio links.
In another part of my life I have suffered from illegal use of radio frequencies causing real accidents so I take this very seriously.
I'd agree with what Chris says. I wrote this recently at MRE Mag:
QUOTE ... I think Wireless DCC (or wireless controllers) is great as it removes the clutter of controller wires and lets you move around the layout with your locos. I've used the Infra-red IRIS 66500 from Uhlenbrock and that's good, but wireless radio would be better as you don't have to worry about interruption of line of sight Infra-red.
CVP Products (www.cvpusa.com) have a good looking wireless system - The AirWire900. Their frequencies are not suitable for Europe, though. We'll have to wait for some other source.
On a BUS level, wireless is interesting. It could be an option for bi-directional hi-bandwidth data transfer. These days a wireless WiFi transceiver for home networking can fit on a USB dongle - and that's big because of the connector. CVP also produces a wireless decoder, the AW9D10 wireless receiver with built in 10 Amp motor drive, measuring 1.43 x 4.23 inches. These systems are used on garden layouts where there is no power in the tracks. Locos are either steam driven or run on batteries. More info on their site.
Well I asked them a bunch of questions last year. They forwarded them to their US importers who - seeing that I was in Europe - refused to help me. They then referred me to the Austrian guys, who forwarded me back to the US...
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