Coming Soon PTC 4
Did you know that you can have two keypads connected to one controller? We have a splitter board that mounts on back of the keypad that allows this. This can be very helpful for turntables that are on a peninsula or one that needs to be operated from multiple positions. You can even have two keypads and the DCC module all controlling one turntable. Here is a drawing with the connections for two keypads and the dcc module.
Big news for Keypad Users - Track editing and track re-direction
We now offer a software upgrade to existing keypad units.
Track editing - In the past if you had one track that has slightly moved or the initial programming was incorrect you were forced to re-program the entire turntable. . Some customers have 30 or more tracks and this can be very time consuming. With the new software version you can actually edit a track position to move it a few clicks this way or that. Our wood and fiber based layouts are nearly living beasts and things change, at least on mine they do and being able to move one track is huge! We can't offer inserting or deleting of a track but you can move existing track settings. To edit a track setting, rotate the bridge to the track in question. Hit #00#. When the display indicates F-, enter a 5. At this point, hit the '#' sign to advance a click or the '*' to retreat a few clicks, then use the '*' key to advance to where you want the track to be. Hit any key to exit the edit mode and you are done.
Track redirection - How many times have to told the bridge to go to one setting by mistake and have to wait until it gets there to tell it to go to the correct location? Takes a while doesn't it? Now you can stop the bridge and tell it to go to another location. You simply hit any keypad button as if doing an emergency stop. Hit '*' to continue to the original location, or '#' to enter a new track number.
This upgrade will cost $45 plus return shipping and is compatible with our DCC adapter board and we can add it to any keypad system. All new systems will have these features included.
All non-warrantly return / system checks will have a $25 minimum fee, plus shipping. Up to now I have basically done these for the price of shipping but can't afford to do that any longer. A note on returns, 99% of the units I receive have nothing wrong with them. Please read the manual closely. Check your connections. Check the motor connector to ensure all pins are in the connector..
PTC III News -
Hardware Changes - We have now released a new controller for the PTC III. This unit has several new features and software refinements.
Probably the number one item that customers ask about is the gear backlash that allows play in the turntable bridge. Although in most applications this is not an issue, we do recognize that in the larger scales and longer bridges it can be a problem. To solve this we have added an output on the controller that drives a power off shaft brake. The motor shaft runs through this device and it is controlled by the PTC III, effectively holding the bridge immobile. The mounting instructions with photos has been added to the download page for those interested.We have also added a set of dry contacts for the user to use as he pleases. These contacts are closed when the motor is running so a sound module could be switched on when the turntable is turning.
Software Changes - We have increased the reliability of the non-volatile memory. This would apply to units that have a software version of 7.6 and below for rotary, pushbutton and 8.5 and below for keypad systems. If you have had memory loss problems in the past this has been rectified. These software changes can be applied to the older units so if you have had this problem let us know.