Digitrax

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Manufacturer: Digitrax


Summary: Manufacturer of a complete line of DCC products – Everything from Starter Sets to function, multifunction and accessory decoders.

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General information
Phone +1-850-872-9890
Fax +1-850-872-9557
Email
CV8 ID#
Main URL Main URL
URL to manuals Product Manuals
Address Digitrax, Inc.

2443 Transmitter Rd Panama City, FL 32404-3157 USA

Date Opened 1993
Date Closed
Successor
Device Types Booster, Command Station, Mobile Decoder, Other, Power Supply, Stationary Decoder, Throttle

Manufacturer ID # 129

Products Offered

Digitrax offers a large number of products. Please the Digitrax Products page for details.

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Digitrax FAQs

Q: Digitrax PR4 Drivers

Drivers may be required for your computer to recognize a Digitrax PR3 or PR4/PR4 Xtra.

Windows 10 and 11 should recognize the device and automatically install the correct driver.

  • The driver will say Microsoft
    • Installing drivers from Digitrax will say Digitrax, but are essentially the same.

They will work under MacOS when using software such as JMRI without the need to install additional drivers.

Edit FAQ Related Articles: PR3, PR4, Digitrax PR4 and LocoNet, LocoNet Related Manufacturer: Digitrax Categories: Computer Interface, Throttle Network

Q: What is Status Editing?

A Digitrax DCC System has additional memory built into the command station. A portion of the user programmable memory is called Status. When an address is entered for the first time, the command station stores information about this address in a memory location called a Slot. When viewing or editing the Status, it is actually some of the data in the slots that you are actually looking at.

Typical Digitrax systems allow 10 to 120 slots, meaning 10 to 120 Locomotive Addresses and/or throttles. This is in part why Digitrax offers such a balanced system. Newer command stations such as the DCS240 offer up to 400 slots, in combination with the correct throttle.

Programming means programming the multifunction decoder’s memory using a programming track. Status or Status Editing, refers to programming the command station's internal memory, not the decoder.

Selecting a new or existing decoder address on a throttle shows the status of this decoder. This is shown in one of two ways, depending if Primary or Extended addressing is used.

With a Primary address the throttle will show AD:xy, AD = Decoder Address, and xy = Status Code. With extended addresses it will show St:xy on a rotating display. This Status will either be the system default, or the status previously entered into the command station.

Editing Multifunction Decoder Status

This process was often required in the early days of DCC, telling the command station that this decoder does not understand the 28/128 speed step mode. To get a new decoder working, a status edit was needed to switch the command station's default behaviour to 14 Step Mode for this decoder. This was often encountered with early Lenz, Marklin and Arnold decoders.

DT100 Throttle

Select a locomotive on a DT100 throttle by pressing the SEL/SET button.  Once the desired address is shown on the display, press FUNC before pressing the SEL/SET button again. This key press sequence enters the Status Edit mode. Use either the throttle knob(s) or the Up/Down buttons to change the status. Once the desired status is set, pressing SEL/SET saves the value to the command station.

DT4xx Series

DT400 Series Throttle

Press the EDIT key to begin Status Editing

What Do the Actual Status Codes Mean?

Main article: Digitrax Hints/Status Codes

Source/References

Adapted from a webpage by the late Don Crano (site no longer available).

Edit FAQ Related Articles: Digitrax Hints/DCS Option Switches, Speed Steps, Digitrax Hints Related Manufacturer: Digitrax Categories: Command Station, Multifunction Decoder

Q: Addressing Conflicts between DCC Systems

There can be conflicts between address modes and DCC systems.

A common one is a restricted range: Lenz restricted their Primary Address range to 99. Some low cost, basic DCC starter sets limit the total addresses to ten or less. Which is perfectly acceptable, providing that limitation is clearly identified on the package and in the instructions.

Another is how the manufacturer interpreted the Extended Address range: Most use 128 as the beginning of the Extended Address range and their software works according. NCE allows values between 1 and 127 to be used as Extended Addresses, whereas most other manufacturers do not.

Digitrax's implementation of Extended Addresses ends at 9985, many other DCC systems allow addresses up to 10,240.

Conflicts usually occur in the Primary Address space, either caused by the limited range or the use of those addresses as an extended address.

Edit FAQ Related Articles: Address Range Related Manufacturer: NCE, Digitrax Categories: Command Station, DCC

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