4firstimes
I would like to thank the team at DCC concepts following a recent enquiry . During unprecedented times and being a key worker; I have somehow managed to find the time to build the control panel on my layout. Building on the skills developed from previous layouts I want this panel to dispense with all switches and and show an illuminated representation of of the points and routes. I am well familiar with the DCC concepts alpha mimic range as a previous posting shows, however on this occasion I was faced with an interesting situation, when the unit was connected up and programmed correctly the correct accessory was selected and the cobalt alpha point motors operated correctly , but the the Leds on the alpha panel controller would not change to reflect the route selected on the point . a quick telephone call to the Team at DCC concepts , suggesting returning the unit, however with one final test  and a replacement  of the RJ 12 6 pin cord connector , the unit now operates as intended.  the moral of the tale is sometimes in this  world of DCC, the simple solutions we over look. The faulty cord has  been retained to the box of modellers spares ; and in the meantime configuring JMRI . In closing has anyone used the Alpha mimic Red/Green Leds for block occupancy with NCE AIU to indicate if the block is vacant  or occupied. I am interested to show on the panel if blocks are occupied or empty . The aim is to build a fully automated layout.
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AHJAY
You'd do well to talk to John when he is next in the office - that will be from about 10.30 Thursday through end of Saturday at the moment. John has huge experience in this area.

We could by the way re-terminate that faulty lead for you for a very nominal cost - very few modellers have the right tool to do it.

regards, Ahjay
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PeteA
I'm not sure I've seen the word "re-terminate" before. I can see that it's a logical way to describe renewing the plugs on the ends (or terminals) of a cable - but it sounds awfully violent!!! ðŸ˜µ
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4firstimes
The use of "re-terminate' is another case of Americanisation in the world of DCC. The process is simple cut off the old terminal RJs and replace not too painful really.The real pain is the cost as even with a proper RJ crimping tool I don't have the grip in my hand to crimp properly first time. Users of RJ plugs find that the plastic thumb finger breakaway with time rendering the connection problematic. So re-terminate is not as bad as the thump on a solenoid used on a switch or turnout. When describing the thumb ;when a solenoid point motor is used to switch a point in an article that was described as having violent tendencies when operating a layout.
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