I don't see why having 2 systems (the IR AND the rail power) is going to be simpler than having 1 system (either analogue, where control and power is the same, or digital, likewise)...
Well, I'm not a guru, but I'll give it my best shot anywayI have a feeling our resident gurus (who could probably clarify this issue in a couple of paragraphs) are sitting this thread out, so that we hoi polloi are kept busy
I agree that DCC has several things going for it:The only contribution (?) I can make is : look at model trains. Their functional requirements are very similar to MCPL, and they've had plenty of time and qualified people to arrive at the optimum solution
AFAIK a few manufacturers developed RC and IR type controls, but DCC has been embraced by the near totality of users - so there's got to be a valid technical reason.
Well, that does it then ... IR is obviously not an alternativeBesides, IR wouldn't work with my track !!
To an electronic moron like me, infra-red just seems so much simpler than mixing control and power on the same transmission 'lines' with all its problems. I LOVE simple!
I love simple too. Slot racing was one of the few hobbies with it's concept and mechanics still pretty much like it was in the 60's until DIGITAL came along. As Robert Schleicher says in the newest issue of MCR, this is another hobby. I guess there is a place for it and I like the idea of more realism but, more electronics means more problems. Reliving childhood days just became harder. Pretty soon we'll be driving our slot cars on a video screen produced by Nintendo. Nothing is sacred anymore!Mike