Specifications and Features
Input: 15-16 volts regulated DC, 1.6 Amps. It comes with a universal switching power supply (good for everywhere, USA and Europe).
Output: DCC signal with 14.5 V amplitude, for HO and N scales
Scales larger than HO may need a power booste , such as MRC’s Power Station 8 or Prodigy Advance District Boosters
Maximum Current: 1.6 Amps Maximum number of Cabs: Use up to 20 Cabs (see page 2-4) Address Capability: 2-digit (1-127) or 4-digit (1-9,999) Speed Steps: 14/28/128 Accessory Functions: 16 (F0-F15). 20 with Prodigy Advance Cab Consisting Program Loco on Program Track Program Loco on Main Track Read Loco on Program Track with Prodigy Advance Cab
The following chart is for Prodigy Advance Cab only. If you add a Prodigy Advance Cab to your Prodigy Express, it will automatically upgrade to Prodigy Advance DCC System. So this manual also covers Prodigy
Advance. System Menu Summary Chart (Prodigy Advance Cab only)
Most functions are initiated by pressing their associated keys. However, there are ten functions initiated by pressing the SYS key followed by a numeric key (0-9). The following table summarizes these ten functions and the information about each function is found in the manual.
Keys Function SYS + 0 SYS + 1 SYS + 2 SYS + 3 SYS + 4 SYS + 5 SYS + 6 SYS + 7 SYS + 8 SYS + 9 Clear routes Set time Set time ratio Yard on/off Set time mode: AM/PM/military Set routes View your Cab address and set Cab address Set last Cab allowed to program locos on the Main Track Set last Cab allowed to program locos on the Program Track Set total number of operational Cabs
1-2 Getting Started
MRC Prodigy Advance
General Trouble Shooting
It takes the Command Station, the decoders and your layout to make the DCC system work. This Trouble Shooting Section has been arranged in a manner easiest for you to find the cause of your problem. Please go through this section in the exact order it appears because each following set of instructions assumes that the preceding set has been tested and that component of the DCC system found not defective.
1. Power up the base unit. The pilot light should turn on. If not, make sure the power supply is securely plugged into the base unit and into a working AC wall outlet. Then turn off the power, wait 3 seconds and turn on the power again. If pilot light still does not turn on, send the unit in for repair.
2. Check the Main Track output. Place an analog loco or test light on the Main Track. The loco should buzz or the test light should light. If not, check all connections and make sure the rear green plug is securely plugged in. Make sure the screws on the green plug are tightened on the wire and not on the wire cover (insulator). If the analog loco still does not buzz or the test light does not light, send the unit in for repair.
3. LCD does not display anything. The Cab LCD should display the current loco when the power is on. If not, check the cable connection and make sure all cable jacks are fully pluged in. If the LCD still does not display anything, send the unit in for repair.
Check the communication between the base unit and the Cab. Press
F2 should momentarily display on the LCD and the Link light should
blink. If not, the cab address may out of the limit (20). Set the Cab to be the Master Cab (Cab #1) by the following steps. Unplug the cab. Press and hold 6 and plug in the cab. Press 1, and ENTER. If there is still no communication, send the unit in for repair.
5. Your loco may have a pickup problem. You should periodically clean your track and your loco’s wheels. Oxide coating or dirt on either the track or loco’s wheels often causes intermittent and jerky operation.
If you pass the above steps, your Command Station and Cabs are fine. The problem may lie in the decode .
6. Your decoder may have lost its memory or is in Advanced Consist mode (CV19 is not 0). Reprogram the loco address and try again.
7. Your decoder may have too much momentum. Program the loco with zero acceleration and deceleration rates.
8. The base unit may have a Universal Consist controlling your decoder. Cycle the power of the base unit will clear Universal Consist.
9. The current loco speed command may not match the decoder’s speed steps. Select different speed steps and again.
10. Check the decoder wiring and make sure they are correct.
MRC Prodigy Advance
Trouble Shooting 3-1