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PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT - Gaugemaster Prodigy Decoder Doctor

Craig Weatherley

CRAIG WEATHERLEY gives a guide to this new product in the Gaugemaster Digital range.

Prodigy Decoder Doctor

DCC15 Prodigy Decoder Doctor

Prodigy Decoder Doctor

Attaching a decoder to the socket on the front.

This new product is fantastic for the modeller who isn't able to program CV’s on their DCC handset and can test decoders from many manufacturers, including Hornby, Bachmann, MRC, Gaugemaster and DCC Concepts to name a few. It is very similar to our DCC71 Decoder Tester in so far as it can test decoders, but the DCC71 requires you to already have a Prodigy DCC System. The Decoder Doctor doesn’t just allow you to test decoders to see whether they're working before fitting - but also on a test track as well, and it can read back the addresses and CV’s with just a press of a button.

There is a built-in 8-pin socket, and the Decoder Doctor comes supplied with an adaptor harness allowing you to test 6-pin decoders.

Prodigy Decoder Doctor

Running a locomotive in test track mode.

Power comes from either a DCC65 15VDC transformer or the DCC main track output from your controller. The main output to the test track on the Decoder Doctor is limited, therefore the loco will not move at a fast speed when testing the decoder on the test track.

Prodigy Decoder Doctor

Reading and programming addresses is easy.

When programming all you simply do is push PROG ADDR and then type your numerical address, then press the blue enter button. Your chip has now changed address. Reading addresses can be done two ways, either pushing READ ADDR or through CV1 to 1. We would be happy to answer any of your questions on the operation of this unit.

Special Features

  • LED Backlit Screen
  • Handheld design for ease of use
  • Directional light testing with in-built LED
  • One touch CV reading
  • Test your sound functions
  • Great value for money

DCC15 Prodigy Decoder Doctor

Craig can often be found down his local takeaway, 'testing' the chips...

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