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  Digitrax DN163K0A N Scale DCC Plug-N-Play Mobile Decoder for Kato N P-42, PA-1 and E-8 (6 FX3 Functions, 0.5 Amp)
Digitrax DN163K0A N Scale DCC Plug-N-Play Mobile Decoder for Kato N P-42, PA-1 and E-8 (6 FX3 Functions, 0.5 Amp)
 
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Description
 
Designed to fit the Kato N P-42 Genesis, PA-1, E-8 and other locomotives
Golden-White LEDs for added realism
Decoder Lock equipped

Features
Digitrax LocoMotion(R) System Scaleable Speed Stabilization (Back EMF) SuperSonic motor drive for silent operation FX3 Function outputs for prototypical lighting effects and on/off control Transponder equipped All Mode programming with Operations mode read back Decoder reset CV Basic, Advanced and UniVersal Consisting 2 and 4 Digit addressing DCC compatible FCC part 15, Class B RFI compliant


Average Customer Review: 4.5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 9 Write a review.

  4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
 
High Quality Product July 10, 2013
Reviewer: Richard Salcer from Brooklyn, NY United States  
This decoder is reliable and very easy to install, I have used a lot of them. Sometimes it is necessary to solder the loco's motor clips to the contact pads on the decoder because the gray plastic clip used to hold them in place doesn't exert enough pressure for a good contact. If you are not experienced in soldering, a workaround is to tightly fasten strips of amber-colored Kapton tape across the decoder at the front, middle and rear to keep it pressed against the frame. You can buy a roll of Kapton tape from Train Control Systems. One roll has enough tape to last a lifetime.

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  3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
 
Too hard to install April 4, 2013
Reviewer: Trainmaster909 from United States of America  
I found that it was much too difficult to install unless you are an extremely experienced modeler and have small hands.  You will need to buy a roll of Kapton tape with it.  Being only 14 years old with small hands and a lot of experience, I was struggling.  Make sure you read the instructions carefully too!

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  2 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
 
Digitrax DN163K0A N Scale DCC Plug-N-Play November 12, 2012
Reviewer: M&M  
I am new to model railroading and DCC.  My only complaint is that this product may not be as easy to install as Plug-N-Play.  After installing the decoder, the engine wouldn't run.  I contacted Digitrax and they got back to me very quickly but it turns out I need to add solder to the motor contacts to make the connection with the decoder.  This is probably no problem for an experienced modeler and it gives me the opportunity to learn to solder but I think it should be noted somewhere in the description and instructions.  Maybe Digitrax could place a small riser on the circuit board at the contact points for the motor contacts, which may make the connections easier without soldering?

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  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
 
Excellent decoder September 6, 2012
Reviewer: M Webb from Loveland, CO United States  
Dropped right in, just followed the instructions.  You do need the special tape though.  Be sure to order a roll; it will last you a lifetime. Loco seems more powerful and is definitly quieter.  DCC is awesome!

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  3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
 
Easiest decoder installation ever! August 16, 2011
Reviewer: Alamosaman from Melbourne, Australia  
This has to be the easiest Drop-In Decoder installation I have done to date - the digitrax DN163KOA PnP for Kato P42. Lift off the shell, Slip out the little lug holding the factory light board, bend up (gently) the motor contacts and remove the board.  Put a very small piece of Kapton tape around the contact strips on either side of the loco, slip the decoder in, bend the contacts back down, replace the lug, then the shell and voila! - The P42 needs to have its speed control at the top end limited as it is a very fast locomotive, but running it is a dream!

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