FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
30. Is LOCOLINC a servo scheme as used with model cars and planes?
- 1. Isn't radio control just for outdoors?
- Absolutely not. Radio control is suitable for any environment for
- 2. Can I use radio control for HO or N scale?
- Yes. Keithco's LOCOLINC was originally designed for HO. There are
N scale installations as well, usually using a dummy or trailing car.
- 3. Can LOCOLINC operate on batteries only?
- LOCOLINC can operate from either batteries or track power. Input voltage
is 12 to 18 volts d.c.
- 4. Do I need special provisions for track only or battery only operation?
- No, the receiver has standard provisions for either type of operation.
- 5. Is directional lighting available?
- Yes, directional lighting is standard. In fact, this is switched directional
lighting. When moving forward, the forward light is on; in the reverse direction,
the reverse light is on.
- 6. How many locomotives can I operate?
- 7. Can I also operate turnouts?
- Yes, up to 256 of them.
- 8. Do I need special frequencies to operate 64 locomotives?
- 9. Will my standard garage door opener cause interference problems?
- No, the frequency is different.
- 10. I've heard that normal R/C car and airplane systems have problems.
- That may be true because they are either AM systems or FM systems
with no addressing. LOCOLINC is FM and addressable.
- 11. Can I MU locomotives together easily?
- Yes, up to four locomotives can be MUed together.
- 12. Can I separate these locomotives without reprogramming and operate
- Yes. There is no reprogramming necessary.
- 13. Is there current limiting on the receiver?
- 14. Is there direction protection? (When changing direction the locomotive
is automatically stopped.)
- 15. Can I operate a sound system real time?
- Yes, a sound system bell and whistle can be easily operated from the
transmitter. Each receiver has three additional outputs which can be operated
from the transmitter.
- 16. Do I need a special programming track?
- No. All programming is done in the transmitter.
- 17. Do I need a multiconductor bus for operation?
- No. There are no tethers or cords of any kind required for operation.
- 18. Will I lose addresses in the transmitter if I remove the battery?
- 19. What type of battery does the transmitter require?
- One standard 9 volt battery.
- 20. What type of power source do I need for track-powered operation?
- An input voltage source - power supply, not power pack - of
12 to 18 volts d.c. is required for track operation. This voltage source
must be filtered and preferably regulated.
- 21. Can I use LOCOLINC to operate turnouts?
- Yes, up to 256 turnouts can be operated with LOCOLINC.
- 22. Is it possible to operate more than one turnout at a time?
- Yes. Through a LOCOLINC concept called "Dispatcher Switching"
up to four turnouts can be operated at a time with the push of one button
on the transmitter.
- 23. Can I charge batteries from the track?
- Yes, the KBC-110 Battery Charger fits inside the locomotive and can
charge batteries when there is track power. The charger is unique in that
it will handle input voltages from 12 to 18 volts d.c. and will charge batteries
up to 20 volts.
- 24. Can I use multiple transmitters on my layout?
- Yes, multiple transmitter operation is very easy.
- 25. Is there constant voltage available on the receiver?
- Yes, the input voltage is rectified and available for constant lighting
- 26. Is there any provision for slow speed adjustment for the motor?
- Yes, there is a slow speed adjustment provided through the transmitter.
- 27. Is the LOCOLINC transmitter modeled after the typical model plane
or model car system?
- No, LOCOLINC has been designed specifically for addressable operation
using a radio format. It is much more sophisticated than the typical model
plane or model car system. Transmission occurs only when a change of data
is requested, not constantly as with model planes or cars.
- 28. Does the model designation for the locomotve receiver indicate
the number of peak amps possible through the receiver?
- No, Keithco believes that peak ratings are meaningless. The one, two
or five amp designation for the Keithco receivers indicates the continuous
current capability of the motor output exclusive of the other outputs available
on the board.
- 29. Are any other modules required to operate the locomotive receivers
for locomotive installations?
- No, only an input power source is required.
- No, LOCOLINC locomotive receivers do not use servo circuitry. However,
the KLR-100S Dual Servo Receiver can be used for live steam or other applications
requiring servo operation.
For further information call, fax, or write us at:
Keithco, Inc., P.O. Box 1806, Lake Oswego, Oregon 97035 USA.
Phone: (503) 635-7604 Fax: (503) 699-0434
Copyright 1997-2010, Keithco, Inc. All rights reserved. LOCOLINC is
a registered trademark of Keithco, Inc.
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