Quantum Programmer Wiring to DCC Booster
By Don Fiehmann
The QSI Programmer can be used as a link between a PC and a DCC booster to operate up to 4 engines. Boosters act as amplifiers for the DCC signal and normally have an input from the command station using telephone type of modular plug. The problem is each booster has a different input wiring.
When you use a crimper on the modular connectors be sure to use a quality metal crimper. The cheaper crimper makes cheap connections!
These boosters use the Loconet 6 wire cable to supply the DCC information to the booster. Only wires 1 and 6 are used for the boosters.
Information to the booster for NCE systems is sent over a smaller 4 wire connection. Note this is different than the 6 wire plug. This is the smaller connector style that is used to connect the phone handset to the base of the phone. If you use a crimper be sure that it will work with the small 4 wire connectors.
Connections to the boosters are done with a six wire modular connector. The center red and green wire are used. This is equal to pins 3 and 4 on the 6 wire connector.
Diagram below shows most of the different types of ways to connect to boosters. Note that the NCE uses a 4 wire smaller connector.
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