Silencing Soundtraxx Decoders
Having a lot or even a few sound equipped decoders idling away on a layout can get annoying fairly quickly. But it might be difficult to get your engineers to remember to mute their locomotives after they have finished their run.
Fortunately Soundtraxx programmed an automatic shut down feature called quiet mode, into the Econami and Tsunami2 decoders. With this feature enabled, when the throttle is set to “0” and all functions are turned off, the decoder sounds will shut off after a predetermined period.
Let’s say you want them to shut down after 30 seconds of idling. All you do is divide 30 by .25 and enter that result into CV113. Since the maximum value you can enter is 255, the longest quiet mode period you can achieve is 63.75 seconds–a value of “0” disables quiet mode. Decoder sound will remain off until the locomotive is addressed by another throttle. This feature works the same for all new Soundtraxx decoders, so give it a try the next time you feel the anxiety level rising.
The limitation of this approach is that getting your engineers to turn all the functions off at the end of a run may be more difficult than getting them to remember to hit F8 and just turn the sound off. For this reason on the Piedmont Southern I am installing automatic kill switches on the staging yard tracks. But that’s the subject of a future column so I can’t say more.