|What's in the box?|
The solution - Tam Valley's Hex Frog Juicer. This small circuit board works like a charm and is about as simple to hook up as it gets. The "Hex" means it's good for six frogs - you can also buy singles and doubles. There is no real cost savings in buying the Hex board over six singles, but there is less wiring. The Frog Juicer works sort of like an automatic reverser. It senses a change in the polarity when the locomotive wheel sets cross the frog and adjusts accordingly. It does this all faster than our DCC system can sense a short so there is no hesitation or cutting out at all.
|Juicer #1 Installed|
The LEDs on the board are indicators. The one near the DCC terminal indicates DCC power, the rest alternate from Green to Red when the frogs change polarity. There is also another LED in the center of the board that triggers when a frog has been "juiced". The LEDs make it easy to be sure the board is doing it's job without pulling out a multimeter.
Jimmy's two EMD Model 40's are now happy little critters.