TAILORED R/C SOLUTIONS BY REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEMS (RCS) SINCE 1988. FOR GARDEN RAILWAYS USING LIVE STEAM, "DEAD RAIL" & "BPRC" ON BOARD BATTERY POWER R/C. NOW AVAILABLE FROM RCS. "AUTOMATIC BIND" 5 x CHANNEL 7 x FUNCTION DSM2/DSMX RECEIVERS.
The RCS SIMPLON is a combined DSM2/DSMX 2.4 GHz Rx & 3 AMP ESC in a small package that does NOT require programming. Tx to Rx Binding is automatic. They will be available August 1st 2022. They will be 38 mm x 18 mm x 10 mm and supplied in three formats.
"SIMPLON" TOP "SIMPLON" BOTTOM
SEE JUST HOW SMALL THE RCS # SIMPLONIS.
1.The life size picture above shows theBASIC bare bones system with solder pads for just A$ 79. 2. The CENTRO version comes fitted with screw terminals on the Power IN - Motor OUT connections & 1/10" spacing header pins for the accessory connections. The CENTRO is only A$ 84. (Low cost servo leads are available for making the actual connections). 3. The ELITE top of the line model will have screw terminals (as above) and pre-wired JST Sub Mini plug and socket connections for LED lighting outputs and 2 x sound function triggers. These will be A$ 99. Extra plug in parts are provided so the ELITE connections can use the P1 terminal as a regular servo output. This will enable a user to simply plug in an optional extra RCS single sound module and use the Tx Ch # 5 button to trigger a single whistle or horn. This will usually replace the triggers on channels # 2 & # 4. Although they can still be used if desired. Or you can purchase an optional extra # MRW-SSSS which converts the P1 servo output to an ON-OFF function. This allows the operator to use all three sound triggers for MyLocosound.
# SIMPLON-BASIC SIMPLON-CENTROSIMPLON-ELITE All versions are supplied with clear heatshrink tubing for protection, plus a polyswitch fuse and headshunts for setting up the system.
The RCS # SIMPLON Rx/ESC has four operating modes. These can be selected by using a supplied head shunt or shorting plug & switching the Rx/ESC ON - OFF to select a Configuration Number (C/N) indicated by the Rx LED flashing.
CENTRE OFF CONTROL C/N # 1 (MODE A). Channel # 1 will be CENTRE OFF CONTROL, with channel # 3 a simple servo output. This mode enables a second loco to be controlled by one Tx. C/N # 2 (MODE B) Channel # 3 will be CENTRE OFF CONTROL, with channel # 1 a simple servo output. This mode enables a second loco to be controlled by one Tx. LOW OFF CONTROL C/N # 3 (MODE C) Channel # 1 will be the regulator (Speed Control) with Channel # 3 the Reverser on a separate Channel. C/N # 4 (MODE D) Channel # 3 will be the regulator (Speed Control) with Channel # 1 the Reverser on a separate Channel. Simply swap the Tx knobs side to side.
The last two LOW OFF CONTROL modes replicate how a live steam loco works. As such they will be ideal for Live Steam operators who want to have a battery R/C loco readily available for those times they need to get something up and running quickly if visitors arrive.
DU-Tx1. If using the # DU-Tx1 handpiece for one sound trigger on channel # 5, just plug in an RCS-MRW sound module and add an 8 ohm speaker. You can fit an # MRW-SSSS to control a sound function with MyLocosound. DU-Tx3. Use the # DU-Tx3 handpiece for two or three sound triggers. Access to these two sound triggers with a MyLocosound sound system will be via a supplied two way plug in cable. The Ch # 5 bind button can also be used. DU-Tx5 & # DU-Tx7 Tx's can be used with the lower half of Channels # 2 & # 4. Apart from the fused power in terminals, soldering will not be required.
WHAT TO EXPECT WITH YOUR RCS SIMPLON Rx/ESC.
Although the RCS SIMPLON Rx/ESC hardware is identical to the Micron MR603 Rx/ESC they are not compatible. The SIMPLON is definitely NOT programmable. You can identify the RCS product as it is marked with a Gold dot.
The RCS SIMPLON Rx/ESC is designed to handle at least 18 volts. This gives enough headroom to cover a fully charged 4s Li-Ion battery pack. The hardware has been tested up to 19 volts using a regulated and filtered DC supply. A 3 amp Polyswitch is supplied for self installation on the Power IN battery supply.
The first thing to do is make sure you have the desired C/N # (see above). This is a one time only procedure. For the BASIC version you will need to temporarily bridge the solder pads P2 & P4. For the CENTRO middle level versions, apply the supplied headshunt to pins P2 & P4. For the ELITEversion use the supplied JST sub-mini size shorting cable to the 3 way cable that is supplied already wired to the SIMPLON hardware. Switch the Rx DC power supply ON and wait for the correct number of blinks from the on board CPU LED. As soon as the CPU LED blinks the correct number of times remove the shorting plug. The on board CPU LED will then flicker fast. Turn the Loco OFF and then ON again. The Rx CPU LED will blink a couple of times then go solid ON. The SIMPLON Rx/ESC is now ready to use.
Before actual use make sure the two TX handpiece knobs are in the correct position. For both Centre OFF modes (c/n # 1 & 2) use, both knobs should be in the middle. For both Low OFF modes (c/n # 3 & 4) use, the larger speed control knob should be fully anticlockwise. The smaller reverser knob should be in the middle. In the case of C/N # 3, twist the small Reverser knob fully one way or the other to select the direction desired. The headlight outputs will show which way is selected. Then slowly twist the large regulator knob clockwise to increase the speed. To decrease the speed, twist the large regulator knob to the left (anticlockwise) until the desired speed is reached. Go fully to the left to stop the loco. You must do this or the direction change cannot be effected.
SOLDER PAD CONNECTIONS SIDE VIEW Please send RCS an E Mail to register your interest. First in will get preferential delivery from the limited supply of the first batch. A higher voltage version (up to 5s) # SIMPLON-HV will be available later in 2022. Also planned are ESC only versions (No Rx) so they can be used with any brand of R/C. They will be called # OMEGA-11 & # OMEGA-12
(Please note. The Micron MR603 CANNOT be used with an RCS DU-Tx1, DU-Tx3 or Duplex handpieces. You will need to use the DU-Tx5 or DU-Tx7 handpieces).
OTHER NEWS FROM RCS.
When Covid first struck a couple of years ago, Australia Post wasted no time eliminating the lower cost options from their available shipping choices. For example, I used to be able to ship a couple of Rx's anywhere in the World by air for just a couple of Australian dollars. Likewise there was a local option called Large Letter which enabled the same items to be posted anywhere in OZ, also for a couple of dollars. What happened is, the lowest cost to send a couple of Rx's to the USA became A$ 21 on the West Coast, A$ 24 on the East Coast and A$ 25 to Europe. Local post was A$ 9.55. RCS wore this cost if a purchase was over A$ 200. Not exactly helping my profit margins. Recently Australia Post has decided to reintroduce a couple of lower cost products back into the mix. I can now send anything (up to 500 grams) to the the rest of the World for around A$ 14. Locally I can re introduce the Large Letter rate for a 50 gram packet for A$ 2.20. I can still offer free postage anywhere, with the only catch being there is no packet tracking. If a client wants tracking unfortunately they will need to pay for it.
At present, June 5th) the existing Post Office are still being used. ASAP I will have the RCS website updated with all new available options. This should be up and running by JULY 1st.
Our upgraded RCS Duplex handpieces are now available. Run two locos at the same time from one Tx. The handpieces are marked Cab "A" & Cab "B".
"NEW FOR '22"
ARE YOU GETTING THE MOST FROM YOUR LIVE STEAM LOCO?
A "DUAL USE" DSM2 TRANSMITTER WILL DO WONDERS FOR YOUR OVERALL ENJOYMENT.
ONLY 1 x Tx NEEDED FOR BOTH LIVE STEAM & BATTERY R/C LOCOS. ALL ITEMS ARE NOW IN STOCK. An extra small knob is provided so that the handpieces can be used another way. PDF INSTRUCTIONS
4 X DIGITAL PROPORTIONAL CHANNELS + 1 x SOUND TRIGGER
2 X DIGITAL PROPORTIONAL CHANNELS + 5 x SOUND TRIGGERS.
AN ENHANCED VERSION OF THE # DU-TX5, OUR MOST POPULAR HANDPIECE FOR ADVANCED LIVE STEAM USE. ALL CHANNEL KNOBS ARE MOUNTED ON THE FRONT OF THE HANDPIECE CASE. WOULD YOU LIKE TO RUN TWO LIVE STEAMERS AT THE SAME TIME ON THE ONE HANDPIECE? JUST REPLACE THE BIG KNOB WITH THE SUPPLIED SMALLER ONE. VOILA!! A DUPLEX HANDPIECE.
THE # DU-TX7 HAS BEEN DESIGNED ESPECIALLY FOR BATTERY R/C USE. 5 X SOUND TRIGGERS USE THE RELIABLE # MRW R/C SWITCHES. USED FOR REGULAR LIVE STEAM LOCOS. ARE YOU RUNNING CENTRE OFF ESC's? DO YOU FANCY TWO TRAINS AT ONCE ON THE SAME HANDPIECE? SIMPLE!! REPLACE THE BIG KNOB WITH THE SUPPLIED SMALLER KNOB. VOILA!! A DUPLEX HANDPIECE.
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RCS 3 Ch DSM2 DUAL USE TX HANDPIECES IN POCKET SIZED CASES.
"DUAL USE" ENTRY LEVEL DSM2 TRANSMITTERS.
ONLY 1 x Tx NEEDED FOR BOTH LIVE STEAM & BATTERY R/C LOCOS. BOTH ITEMS CURRENTLY IN STOCK.
2 X DIGITAL PROPORTIONAL CHANNELS + 1 x SOUND TRIGGER.
2 X DIGITAL PROPORTIONAL CHANNELS + 3 x SOUND TRIGS.
NOTES ON STANDARD HANDPIECE SERVO THROWS. THE STANDARD THROW SETTING IS 100% (90º) FOR ALL CHANNELS. THIS CAN BE QUITE EASILY CHANGED BY MAKING SERVO ADJUSTMENTS WITH A PLUG IN PUSHBUTTON PROGRAMMER FOR THE # AB-RX-v2 RECEIVERS. OR, IF MUCH GREATER SERVO THROW IS REQUIRED, WE HAVE THE # MRW-11 SERVO END THROW EXPANDER AND REVERSER FOR ANY CHANNEL.
BOTH Tx's HAVE REVERSER CONTROLS THAT ALLOW ADJUSTABLE CUT OFF FOR LOCOS.
GENUINE COW HIDE LEATHER FOR DUAL USE TX HANDPIECES CLICK PIC FOR MORE INFORMATION.
RCS R/C INSTALLATION KITS FOR LIVE STEAM.
NSWGR C38 STREAMLINED Kit also suits most # 1 gauge locos with tenders.
VR NA LOCO Standard kit parts for most small Live Steam locos.
NARROW GAUGE K1 Kit also suits most Beyer Garratt locos with twin servos.