Ashbourne Junction Tonefan
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Hi
I have installed my Alpha Meter, and have 3 locos running concurrently. Volts side is indicating and changing continuously, but amps are showing 0 and have not changed in a half hour of use. Is this normal please? This is an incredible looking unit btw.
Thanks
Andy
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Freedom 7
Can you post a photo of the wiring  ??

Do you have anything between the meter and the track ? Or the meter and the DR5000 ?

This should be showing amps.
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Ashbourne Junction Tonefan
For this test it was simply out of dr5000, into Alpha Meter and on to Alpha Box then track. Maybe I should place it after the Alpha box? Not sure
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newbryford
If it is between DR5000 and Box, then the current draw will be minimal as Box is "doing all the work" as a booster
So yes - connect it between Box and track.
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Peter Rust Rusty Pete
This is an observation of many of us, and not a criticism of any individual or company.
Pertinent  to this thread, the issue of interpretation occurs.
The track feed can only be called the track feed once it leaves the last piece of equipment to be joined to the track. Prior to that, it would be the power output [feed] to Alphabox then that output becomes the  Alphameter feed, finally  that output becoming the track feed.
It may seem to be semantic pedantry, but if thought of in the above manner, then all becomes clear.
I fell foul of exactly this issue many years ago, and have watched out for it in my wiring diagrammes and componentry layout ever since.
Just trying to help.
Maybe DCCconcepts could amplify the necessity of placement in its instructions. The wiring diagramme as drawn shows this layout, but does not explain it.
Many will interpret it as Andy had, after all.
More than one way to skin a cat ðŸ˜‰
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David Todd
Can't be clearer,old chap.

Bought mine from Kevin @CoastalDcc, Tonbridge Exhibition,yesterday.
This is only part of the info,that came with the meter.

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Peter Rust Rusty Pete
David,
I agree, that is how mine is wired.
But, if other items are wired in, then it is not clear which side of the Alphameter they should go.
Hopefully, this topic should alert others that the Alphapanel is the last item in the power line to the track.
More than one way to skin a cat ðŸ˜‰
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Ashbourne Junction Tonefan

Just an error on my part. I never fully intentioned having it straight after the dr5000, but was trying out the meter before purchasing a few more for the different parts of the track. I appreciate all the comments! Tomorrow I intend rewiring into a later section and we’ll see what happens. No criticism of dcc concepts; their instructions are clear. Great product and a good price point. As always! As a relative new comer to the hobby I’m learning from my mistakes and happy to take advice. Thanks to everyone here the hobby is more pleasurable. 


Andy

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AHJAY
Just to re-confirm.

Always wire the meter in as the last thing before the track. That way it can see the load directly. With any form of power "amplification" device between meter and track such as a booster, the meter will see almost nothing in the area of current/Amps

regards, Ahjay
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Ashbourne Junction Tonefan
All sorted. USER ERROR as normal. Placed after the booster everything works as should. Now to order a couple more. Thanks everyone for your help. Pleased as punch because I've now split into a track and accessory bus too which I have been meaning to do for a while. Lots of wiring to do now. Would you recommend having an Alpha Meter on the accessory bus too, or just the track bus?

Thanks
Andy
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