SELECTING A SUITABLE Tx HANDPIECE.  Sep 1st 2018

  Remote Control Systems (RCS)
 

I thought it might help my customers if I explained what I have available and which Tx would be the best to suit their needs.

So, why ten different TX handpieces?  You might well ask.  The simple answer is choice.
Different Large Scalers have different needs.  Although there is no such thing as a one system that fits all, The RCS Digital Proportional control systems comes pretty close.
The 5 x Dual Use RCS TX handpieces are capable of controlling both Live Steam locos and Battery R/C locomotives. Both "Low OFF" & "Centre OFF" control procedures are featured.
The 5 x budget priced EVOLUTION R/C Tx handpieces are battery power specific only.

Only Deltang & Micron make similar equipment.


RCS Dual Use Tx handpieces cater for two distinctly different types of locos.
 
1.  LIve Steam locomotives whereby Digital Proportional R/C signals use servos to control mechanical functions, such as the direction changing Johnson bar and a Steam regulator that opens and closes a steam valve.  Some Live Steam locos need more than 2 x channels.
The R/C requirements for Live Steam locos are pretty straightforwards.  The choice is quite easy to make.  All Dual Use TX's are all for Live Steam as well as Battery R/C.

2.   Battery R/C locomotives where the chosen Tx is able to double up for both Live Steam and battery R/C.
For Battery R/C y
ou can have either:
CENTRE OFF control ESC's using just one channel with 150º control either side of neutral for both direction and speed control. 
  OR:
LOW OFF control ESC's such as Deltang Rx65c & Rx66a.
One channel is for setting direction, another is controlling the speed.

Those same signals can also control sound system functions such as whistles & bells etc, through to switching electronic functions ON-OFF.

EVOLUTION branded TX hand pieces are designed for battery R/C use only.
 
Most Large Scalers are not aware that RCS makes much more than simply a one Tx + Rx combination that is supposed to fit all situations, but doesn't.
Ask yourself how many pocket sized battery R/C handpieces can use off the shelf receivers to control
servos for live steam locos. A couple of very expensive DCC systems can do it. Apart from other Deltang based R/C systems, there is nothing else.

Use with any DSM2 compatible RX such as the Rx102-1(AB)LR & LEMON brand 5 channel RX's. 

 
DUAL USE TRANSMITTERS FOR LIVE STEAM & BATTERY R/C.
Suitable for controlling Live Steam locos & "Centre OFF" & "Low OFF" battery R/C locos.
DU-Tx-1 Suitable for controlling Live Steam locos & battery R/C locos.
Can use "Centre OFF" or "Low OFF" ESC's.
The Ch # 5 "BIND" button can also be used for a whistle control.
DU-Tx-3 Next step up from the # DU-Tx-1.
2 x Digital Proportional channels plus 3 x pushbutton triggers for sound effects and uncoupling etc.
DU-Tx-5 Four Digital Proportional channels for Live Steam locos that have Draincocks, Blowers or gas valves etc.  
You can use 1 x aux channel for quillable (ie proportional) control of a steam whistle function.
Can control up to 4 x Centre OFF battery R/C locos.
DU-Tx-7 The DU-Tx-7 has 2 x Digital Proportional channels + 4 x 1/2 servo functions for Live Steam or 4 x pushbutton sound triggers.
DU-Tx-9 DSM2 R/C for 2 x servo Live Steam locos.
Ideal for controlling 2 x locos when banking front or rear of train
1 x Snap action Whistle function.
2 x 1/2 servo movement functions.
 
EVOLUTION BUDGET PRICED R/C TRANSMITTERS.
SUITABLE FOR BATTERY R/C ONLY.
Bind as many locos as you wish to any Tx.
ALPHA

Suitable for controlling one "Centre OFF" Battery R/C loco using ESC's like the VIPER series on Ch # 1.
One handed thumb control via one knob for Forward - Reverse - Speed.
The Ch # 5 button provides one sound trigger.

BETA Next step up from the ALPHA. Also for controlling one "Centre OFF" Battery R/C loco only using ESC's like the VIPER series on Ch # 1.
One handed thumb control via one knob for Forward - Reverse - Speed.
Ch # 2 & Ch # 5 provide three sound triggers.
Can be used with Deltang Rx65c & Rx66a LOW OFF ESC's.
GAMMA Top of the line single loco handpiece.  Suitable for controlling one "Centre OFF" Battery R/C loco only, using ESC's like the VIPER series on Ch # 1.
One handed thumb control via one knob for Forward - Reverse - Speed. Ch # 2, Ch # 4 & Ch # 5 provide a total of five sound triggers.
Can be used with Deltang Rx65c & Rx66a LOW OFF ESC's.
DUO

2 x ALPHA Tx handpieces in a single case.
Control 2 x "Centre OFF" Battery R/C locos at the same time using ESC's like the VIPER series.
Forward - Reverse - Speed for each loco.
One loco on Ch # 1 (Cab A). One loco on Ch # 3 (Cab B).
The Ch # 5 button can be used for one sound trigger on one loco.

DUO+ 2 x ALPHA Tx handpieces in a single case.
Control 2 x "Centre OFF" Battery R/C locos at the same time using ESC's like the VIPER series. One loco on Ch # 1. One loco on Ch # 3.
Forward - Reverse - Speed  for each loco.
Ch # 2, Ch # 4 & Ch # 5 provide a total of five sound triggers.
Two on each cab plus one trigger on one cab.
 

                                                     SOME SUGGESTIONS.
Live Steam One of the big attractions of the RCS Digital Proportional control system is that the operator can bind (as in link) as many Rx's to one Tx handpiece as they wish.
That means it is not only possible to operate both Live Steam locos,  "Centre OFF" & "Low OFF" Battery R/C from just one Tx handpiece, it is also a feature exclusive to the RCS Digital Proportional control system. 
If you have a steam whistle the DU-Tx-5 or DU-Tx-9 is best for "quillable" control of a whistle valve.

 
All RCS basic Tx handpieces can be upgraded later to more functionality.

 
If the reader has any questions not covered by the above please contact RCS and we wil include that infromation here.