Well, Jérôme’s patience was pushed to the limit yesterday when he found out tweaking an ESU LokSound decoder with JMRI was probably as weary as being a copist monk in medieval times. Definitely, this is not user friendly at all. Supposedly you need their native application to be able to use a more streamlined interface. He compared the process as playing Minesweeper video game with a 100 x 100 grid! I know almost nothing in that field of model railroading but from what I saw, it wasn’t something you want to tackle late at night on Tuesday.
I can understand his frustration since our ability to program decoders was down for a few months. And now, when everything is back in order, he faces a new wall. But there’s hope!
On the other hand, I was able to program my own P1K RS18 without losing a string of hair (I think it was a Tsunami). Very nice interface… I’ll have to adjust the speed since the factory settings are on par with a toy train. At least, the sound level, bell and horn are now adjusted to my satisfaction. The sound was initially very low, but it now acceptable yet not overhelming. Good to hear Alco motive power at its best. Engine notching will have to be adjusted, but it should be a child’s game. Our locomotive top speed will be 20 mph, so that leaves a lot of room for smooth operation in the future.
Now it’s time to seriously think about completing my pair of kitbashed Atlas RS18. When? I don’t know, with summer lurking and many home improvement projects on the slate, modelling output’s going to be a little bit on the slow side.
That said, I think I'm ready to delve a little bit more into DCC programming that I used to do. I've always taken a casual approach to this matter, but it's time really try to understand how it works to bring operation to a new level. Having not too much locos to program is a gift!