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21st October 2016: Servo Decoder Details

Apologies for the lack of updates about the new servo decoder - I am working hard at making the decoder easier to use. A few things have changed since I built the first prototype.

The servo decoder will support up to eight servo or LED outputs. Up to four of these outputs can be used as push button inputs instead, changing the state of the outputs. The movement of the servo motors is pre-set to be suitable for moving points in 00 and N scales, but the exact behaviour can be fine tuned by writing CVs.

Servo Decoder with Accessories

The method for changing the behaviour of ports between servo outputs, LED outputs and button inputs will be changed from the original first prototype. It will become much simpler, requiring the modification of one CV to set up button inputs and the modification of another to set up LED outputs. Previously, a different CV had to be modified for each port, which meant a lot of time looking through the decoder's manual and keying in values to the controller.

A prototype decoder has been operating on my own layout quite successfully for some time now. The changes I have made to the design are a direct result of my own experiences using the decoder. It'll be a little longer before the decoder is ready for sale, but the greatly simplified programming method will be worth the wait.

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