News Rokuhan introduces digital turntable
- any idea of cost for turntable plus controller in USD?On Thursday, June 12, 2014 4:10 PM, "garth.a.hamilton@... [z_scale]" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
- How about controlling via DCC?
I see that DCC controller has buttons that look like turnout control... T (thrown?) and C (closed?) they seem to look like standard accessory control buttons... but how to issue the 180 degree command?
- In the video you saw Rokuhan analog or DC controller operating the turntable , but you also saw a Digitrax Zephyr DCC master controller being used to control the turntable.regards Garth
That would be good to know, I for one will be buying one if its resonable, will the expansion blocks also be available when the turntable is? Good to see another company jumping in... been years since Marklin has done a run on their turntable, last time I saw one on auction it went for about about 300 pound, very overpriced.
- Garth, my question was about 180 degree control under DCC.... on the DC controller, the turntable "turns" the loco 180 degrees by pushing both direction buttons.
Clearly that is not possible under DCC and/or the Digitrax, there is only Closed and Thrown control for a switch controller.
So, is there some DCC command that will perform this movement?
- Greg I am not fully conversant with the DC controller and its interface to DCC so I can not answer if there is an instruction that can be accessed to turn the table 180 degrees from DCC controller or not, but the DC controller is still in the system so it could be used to command the 180 from there, maybe hitting both buttons on the digitrax controller will work for 180 degree rotation, just not sure, but I will know more after Cleveland NTS. I know that Rokuhan is working on their own DCC system using Android,I-phone etc as throttle using blue-tooth to connect to command station. How far along that project is I do not know.regards Garth
- There will be 8 expansion blocks with the turntable so not how much demand there would be for more but yes they do have their own part number so I expect they will be available separately.regards Garth
- Garth, when you get the details of how it is hooked up to DCC, please let me know.
You seem to imply that use on DCC still requires the DC controller.
As I said before pressing two function buttons on a DCC system at the same time is impossible, so this is why I asked about a DCC command to do the 180.
Anyway, will be interested to see what you learn at Cleveland, please be "curious".
- Here is some more followup to the news release from Rokuhan
1) We will provide 15 degree covered track but a little later
because we have to do a lot of things happening around turntable
2) You don't need any additional connection with our turntable
because DCC track is connected to turntable although it is
in DC control. The DCC command will bcome automatically
into our controller. The controller is not controller in this case
but indicate the table position. AThe, IC inside the DC controller is
controlling the turntable based on the command from DCC
controller through track. AC adopter so any additional power source is not
required if in DCC.
3) Turntable does not have many features thus just turn right or turn left
probably 180 degree return. The initial alignment of turntable is still done
by DC controller.
4) Any DCC controller is able to use if they fix CV.regards Garth Hamilton VE3HO