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1 Getting Started Introduction ............................................................................................................ 1-1 DCC Basic Background ........................................................................................ 1-1 Specifications and Features ................................................................................. 1-2 System Menu Summary Chart ............................................................................. 1-2 2 Operation Quick Start ............................................................................................................. 2-1 Connecting to Your Layout ............................................................................ 2-1 Running a Loco ............................................................................................. 2-1 Controlling Accessory Functions .................................................................. 2-2 Recalling Locos ............................................................................................. 2-2 Deleting Locos ............................................................................................... 2-2 Emergency Stopping ..................................................................................... 2-2 Speed Steps .................................................................................................. 2-2 Yard Mode On/Off ......................................................................................... 2-2 Fast Clock ...................................................................................................... 2-3 Cooling Fan ................................................................................................... 2-3 Overload and Short Circuit ........................................................................... 2-3 Shutting Down the Unit ................................................................................. 2-3 Cab Setup .............................................................................................................. 2-3 Setting Cab Addresses ................................................................................. 2-3 Setting the Total Number of Operational Cabs (Cab #1) ............................ 2-4 Adding More Than 3 Cabs ............................................................................ 2-4 Setting Last Cab Allowed to Program Locos on the Main Track (Cab #1) . 2-4 Setting Last Cab Allowed to Program on the Program Track (Cab #1) ...... 2-5 Programming Decoders ........................................................................................ 2-5 Programming Loco on the Program Track ........................................................... 2-5 Programming Locos on the Main Track ............................................................... 2-6 Reading Loco’s Decoder Values on the Program Track ..................................... 2-6 Configuration Variables – CVs .............................................................................. 2-7 Most Commonly Used CVs .......................................................................... 2-7 A Word About CV #29 ................................................................................... 2-8 Consisting .............................................................................................................. 2-8 Advanced Consisting .................................................................................... 2-8 Programming Advanced Consists ............................................................ 2-8 Running Advanced Consists ..................................................................... 2-9 Clearing Advanced Consists ..................................................................... 2-9 Universal (Old-Style) Consisting ................................................................... 2-9 Programming Universal (Old-Style) Consists .......................................... 2-9 Running Universal (Old-Style) Consists ................................................. 2-10 Clearing Universal (Old-Style) Consists ................................................. 2-10 Fast Clock ............................................................................................................ 2-10 Setting Fast Clock (Cab #1) ....................................................................... 2-10 Setting Time (Cab #1) ................................................................................. 2-11 Setting Time Rate (ratio) (Cab #1) ............................................................. 2-11 Setting AM/PM or Military (24hr) Time (Cab #1) ........................................ 2-11 Reverse Loop ...................................................................................................... 2-11 Accessory Decoders ........................................................................................... 2-11 Programming Accessory Decoders with CV #513 ..................................... 2-12 Selecting Accessory Decoders ................................................................... 2-12 Accessory Routes ............................................................................................... 2-12 Setting Accessory Decoder Routes (Cab #1) ............................................ 2-12 Running Accessory Routes ........................................................................ 2-12 Clearing Accessory Routes ........................................................................ 2-12 3 Trouble Shooting General Trouble Shooting ..................................................................................... 3-1 Checklist for General Problems ............................................................................ 3-2 Special Trouble Shooting ...................................................................................... 3-2 4 Service & Support

MRC Prodigy Advance

Your Cab operates locos but cannot program on the Program Track

  • 1.

    If the Link light does not flash when you enter a data and press ENTER, it may have been limited by the Master Cab and is not allowed to program on the Program Track.

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    If the Link light flashes when you enter a data and press ENTER, then test the Program Track output. To test, place an analog loco on the Program Track. During the programming process, the Link light should be on and the analog loco should buzz. If the Link light is on and the analog loco does not buzz, it is a defective Program Track output.

Your Cab operates locos but cannot program on the Main Track It may have been limited by the Master Cab.

Your Cab operates locos but cannot program an Advanced Consist

It may have been limited by the Master Cab. Your Cab must be able to program on the Main Track to set an Advanced Consist.

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Service & Support

Your Prodigy Express DCC has been thoroughly tested at the factory. Do not shut down your layout unnecessarily.

Before returning your unit for repair or servicing, please read both General Trouble Shooting and Special Trouble Shooting sections to make certain the unit is defective. Please visit our website at www.modelrectifier.com for further Prodigy Express information before calling our service department at (732) 225-6360 before returning your unit.

Please have the following information handy when you call:

  • 1.

    Name and model number of the power supply, including the power booster (if applicable) used with the Prodigy Express DCC.

  • 2.

    Name of the manufacturer and the type of decoders and locos you are using.

If it should become necessary to return your system, pack it in its original carton. Then pack the original carton into a larger carton with at least three inches of packing material all around. Include a clearly printed letter with your name, address, daytime telephone number and a detailed description of the problem you are experiencing.

Send your Prodigy Express DCC system by Parcel Post Insured or United

Parcel Service to: Model Rectifier Corporation Attn: Customer Service Dept. 80 Newfield Avenue

Edison, NJ 08837

MRC Prodigy Advance

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