RichardBrighton
The *NEW* DCCconcepts Alpha Meter will be arriving within days - find out more here:
https://www.dccconcepts.com/news/

You can pre-order your meter by clicking here:
https://www.dccconcepts.com/product/alpha-meter-for-dc-or-dcc/

There is also a LIMITED TIME special 3-pack available here:
https://www.dccconcepts.com/product/new-alpha-meter-for-dc-or-dcc-3-pack/

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Iain Morrison wimorrison
Is this a standalone meter that can be used around the layout as looks more like a panel mount that is showing the track output voltage and current draw only? would be useful if it can be used around the layout for fault finding track and bus issues
Iain Morrison
Modelling h0e using Z21 with iTrain automation and Railcom
There are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don't know we don't know
http://www.wimorrison.co.uk
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RichardBrighton
Hello Iain,
This is designed to be installed on your layout fascia to give constant readings at a glance. There is more information about the product on the newsletter link provided.
Hope this helps
Richard
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Iain Morrison wimorrison
Thanks Richard - are there plans to make a standalone, portable version that can be used to trouble shoot track and bus issues? That would really useful.

I know the current info this unit provides as I can read it out of the command station with my PC 🙂
Iain Morrison
Modelling h0e using Z21 with iTrain automation and Railcom
There are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don't know we don't know
http://www.wimorrison.co.uk
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Peter Herzl
Hello Iain,
This is designed to be installed on your layout fascia to give constant readings at a glance. There is more information about the product on the newsletter link provided.
Hope this helps
Richard

Hi Richard. Sorry to sound stupid (my electronics knowledge & appreciation is very poor) but after looking at the information and diagram on your website I don't understand the wiring, in particular the "source". If it were like a multimeter where two wires are clipped to the item being tested to give a readout then it would be simple but I can't see what the "source" of the two incoming wires would be if the other two wires are clipped to a piece of track or a rolling road.
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Iain Morrison wimorrison
You need to think of it like an ammeter which sits in series in the circuit rather than a voltmeter that sits across the load.

at one end you have the command station and at the other end the track with this in between

make sense?
Iain Morrison
Modelling h0e using Z21 with iTrain automation and Railcom
There are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don't know we don't know
http://www.wimorrison.co.uk
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AHJAY

Peter...

The simple answer. To measure both amps and volts a meter has to be wired in parallel and in series at the same time... therefore both in and out connections are required.  There are other reasons too, but this is the basic need.
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Iain...We have not done a box for it as we think its best used as a constant interactive reading, but its a very easy "user project". A developer box plus a couple of banana plugs each end would be a nice simple project for most of us. We do plan to do a "How to" for this soon.

regards, Ahjay

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Ashbourne Junction Tonefan
Brilliant news. My order is in. Been waiting eagerly for this one.
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RichardBrighton
Dispatch of these fantastic meters begins today - if you've ordered one it will be arriving at your doorstep imminently, if not - get yours here now!
https://www.dccconcepts.com/product/alpha-meter-for-dc-or-dcc/
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m.bryan
For those that want to mount their meter in a box, then we'll have a little step by step guide on how to do it in the next couple of days.
(We're just a bit busy shipping out meters and ADS decoders!)
Mick
DCCConcepts Tech/Customer support
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m.bryan
m.bryan wrote:
For those that want to mount their meter in a box, then we'll have a little step by step guide on how to do it in the next couple of days.
(We're just a bit busy shipping out meters and ADS decoders!)


And here it is:
https://www.dccconceptsforum.com/post/alpha-meter-in-a-box-a-quickie-project-10423826?pid=1310717593#post1310717593
Mick
DCCConcepts Tech/Customer support
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AHJAY
Hi All.

We had a couple of users with difficult rear access issues, who wanted to be able to plug the meter in before putting it into the panel.

We have therefore created a second template to accommodate this. it looks like this.

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A correctly sized template is available for download from... https://www.dccconcepts.com/manual/alpha-meter-fitting-templates/
(do not forget to print the PDF at actual size. Unless you specify that in printer properties your print may be slightly undersize)

regards, Ahjay
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