J2C Wireless DCC Train Controller and System Details

The J2C DCC system contains three parts. The controller, base station and command station. The controller used by the operator to run the train. The base station is used to connect to the wireless controllers and manage the wireless communication for the controllers. The command station is used to generate DCC and mix other DCC control from other systems. At this point we do not have not designed a booster, but any third-party booster will work the J2C DCC system. This page describes the features of the J2C DCC system. 

Train Controller Features

Complete Wireless Control

The controllers are completely wireless eliminating the need to install a cab bus and plug-ins on the layout. All the train operating, consisting setup, and programming on main functions are wireless. No need to plug in the controller to change trains or program on the main. Wireless covers the size of very large layouts. 

Auto Cab Address Assignment

When a controller is connected to a layout an address is automatically assigned to the controller. This makes taking the controller to one layout to another seamless. No more having a list of controllers and addresses. No more having someone to forget to assign a controller address and having control conflicts.

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Multi Layout Control

When several layouts are in the same room such as a train show. Each of the layouts can be run wireless without interference to the other layout. A layout search function will allow a controller to be automatically connected to the selected layout.

 
2500mAh Lithium Ion Battery

Rechargeable Lithium Ion battery allows up to 14 hours of run time on single charge. Note the controller stays completely active with the display on during the running time. It does not go to “sleep” while the controller is on. This allows for instant control of a train. Charging time is 3.5 to 6 hours depending on the charger

 
Micro USB Port

USB port allows charging from any standard USB charger. USB port allows Firmware upgrades when connected to a PC. USB port will be setup for using program track and configuration of the command station. (An additional adapter is needed to connect to the controller USB port for program track mode will be available in the future.)

 
Simple Easy to Read Menus

The controller has a simple easy to read Graphic LCD display with adjustable backlight. Control functions are in easy to follow menus.

 
Modular Design

The Controller is designed to be modular, so when the time comes battery replacement with other with other parts are easy to replace. We expect to get at least 5 or more years from a battery. Battery life is determined on how many charge cycle the controllers go through. The battery is not expensive. 

  
True Advanced consisting

The controller atomically sets the function CVs for an Advanced Consist. This way it is easier to move an entire consist from one layout to the next including the proper functions.

      
Simple Old Style consisting

Simple old style consisting programming can run up to 4 locomotives in the same consist.

 
Heavy Duty speed control knob

The speed control is heavy duty so it does not break from over twisting.

 
Speed Control is always speed control

The speed control knob is never disabled while a train is moving. For example, while selecting a turnout (accessory) the speed knob is still active when doing this other function. If the menu option can’t support train movement, while in that menu, the train being controlled is first stopped. 28 and 128 speed modes are supported.

 
No more runaways – Fail Safe Stop

If for some reason wireless communication is lost, controller battery dies, loss of communication between the base station and command station systems. The affected train(s) are stopped. If the train is stopped by the system, the controller speed knob must be brought back to 0 and then back up to resume the train operation, that way trains don’t start without the user purposely starting the train.

 
Supports Extended Functions

Extended functions F13 – F28, along with the normal functions are supported. The functions are automatically refreshed to the track, so if a train loses power the functions are returned to the current setting once track power is restored. 

 
Up to 32 wireless controllers with no added delay

32 controllers can be run at a time. Each controller has its own specific wireless time slot so adding more controllers to a system does not slow down the other connected controllers

 
Very Fast Button Response

The controller is run from an 80Mhz micro controller. The buttons are very quick to respond so entries can be made quickly. Deliberate entering is not needed.

 
Up to 32 wireless controllers with no added delay

32 controllers can be run at a time. Each controller has its own specific wireless time slot so adding more controllers to a system does not slow down the other connected controllers

 
 Entire Range Locomotive Address is Supported

Short, 3-digit address 1-127 and long 4-digit address 0000 to 9999 are supported.

 
DC Mode Zero Stretch is Supported

DC mode to run one DC engine is supported. 

 

 

 

J2C DCC Command and Base Station Features:

DCC Mixing 

The command station can mix several DCC signals into one. Any type of NRMA DCC system is compatible. No more club debates on which DCC system to choose since more than one system can be run at a time along with the J2C controllers. Right now, 2 third party systems are supported at time. We may do 4 third party systems at a time.

 

DCC command Priority

The command station uses a 200Mhz micro controller for the quickest response time. Also, priority DCC for the DCC packet is setup. For example, trains changing speed are given higher priority when generating the DCC.

 

DCC viewing software

Available PC software can be used to monitor all the DCC commands going to the track. The software allows settings to be modified, for example, on how the DCC mixing is done, base station settings, among other settings.

 

Poor man’s PTC

No this is not the PTC that ties into the signal system. That is why it is called poor man’s PTC. Instead the dispatcher can override any controller and stop any train using the DCC viewing software.

 

USB configuration / Controller charging port.

No need for a computer so change simple setting on the base and command station. A USB charger an configuration port is available on the command station. Just plug in a wireless controller to make setting changes.

J2C DCC Command Station

J2C DCC Base Station

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