How to wire and power a DIY DCC++ base station.
The base station discussed in this tutorial is the DCC++ base station that is made using an Arduino Mega, Motor Shield and WiFi shield.
A complete list of pages related to set up the DCC++ system is at the bottom of the page.
The image to the left shows the base station assembled so that it can be used with your phone. It consists of an Arduino Mega, a Deek Robot Motor Shield and a WiFi shield. You can get these at this link. PolandsBest Electronics
This image also shows connections made to the motor shield using barrel jacks connected to 20 gauge wire. Two of the jacks are used for the main track and the second to the program track. The third is used to connect to the track power supply.
The mega has two connectors. One, a USB connection, you can use to power from your computer and the second, a 2.1/5.5 male jack, to power from an external source. The external sources can be a battery or other 7 to 9 v DC power supply.
How To Install DCC++ Tutorial Library
The tutorials below will take you step by step through everything that you have to do. Below is the list. Images to the left link to supporting videos.
DCC Base Station – How to make the Base Station more often referred to the Command Station (CS).
DCC WiFi Control – How to install Wifi for control from your phone or other remote device.
DCC Power And Wiring – A necessary step.
DCC Software Automatic Installation – How to use a simple installer (very easy and fast)
DCC Software Installation Using Arduino IDE – For those who prefer to use the IDE.
DCC Ex Throttle – Control trains from your computer.
Engine Driver Throttle – Control from a phone.
All the information in the tutorials above have been condensed from the work done by a group of volunteers who are continuing to make this system more fantastic than it is already. Their work can be found her. DCC-Ex