Help With Athearn

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  1. snick

    snick New Member

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    :confused:I just bought a Athearn F7 with DCC and sound, does any one know how to program the ditch & mars loghts?:confused:
  2. woodone

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    I just did a search on Athearn looked at F-7 units with sound and DCC.
    There is a manual on line that tells you how the mars light works- I did not see where there was anything for ditch lights.
    Your manual should help you---if not to there site,and look for support.
    At this time I don't think that the loco is equiped with ditch lights?
    Could be wrong but I did not see any information about the ditch lights.:confused:
  3. snick

    snick New Member

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    help Athearn DCC

    I looked on the site and in the manual that came with the loco, they only state that the lights are there, but not how to program them. :confused:
  4. woodone

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    So do the lights (ditch lights) come on- or stay off?
    Point me to where you found the information on the ditch lights on there site, if you could, I missed it.:confused: Should have some instructions on how to turn off-on flash etc.
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    Why would an F7 model have ditch lights? F-units were almost gone by the time ditch lights came into use.
  6. snick

    snick New Member

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    Athearn DCC

    I can't find anything on the lights. The unit has a upper & lower light when I turn the light on only the lower one lights. There is not any information on programming the lights. Does anyone have one?:confused:
  7. UP SD40-2

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    snick:wav: , i am sorry, i do not have one of Athearns new F units:frowns: , but i DO know this: the REAL F&E units had the mars lights on top, the running light is the lower one:winki: . BTW, F&E units DO NOT have "ditch lights", they do have "classification lights", but i highly doubt Athearn has made them workable.

    have you taken the shell off yet? does it have separate lights run to BOTH the upper and lower front lights?, or is the light source shared between the two?:confused: what kind of sound decoder is in it(MRC is what i think Athearn uses, but not sure)?

    if you give me the answers to these questions, it will help in finding the answer to your question:winki: .
    :deano: -Deano
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    snick New Member

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    Deano
    I took the shell off there are two seperate lights, it is a MRC sound decoder. Only the bottom light lights up, I need to know how to program the top light.
    Nick
  9. woodone

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    I would call Athearn- ask for tech support- They should be able to walk you through it. :thumb:
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    Mine Are Not Factory Equipt With Operating Ditch Lights

    Hello Snick, I have a couple of Athearn F7's factory equipt DCC with sound and lights and neither of them came equipt with operating ditch lights, I don't believe the F series had ditch lights, I believe the ditch lights became available about the time the F series were being phased out, but then I could be wrong, as I am not positive Hope this is of some help.sign1

    planeshavings42