At the Winston-Salem GATS last Sunday, a buddy of mine picked up an AtlasMaster DCC Commander and Generator set for $20 after I told him I'd let him have first stab at it... if he didn't buy it I would have bought it anyway. But he jumped at the chance, since he doesn't have much "train money" and has wanted DCC for years. But he said he wouldn't be able to afford any receivers for quite a while, and would let me use it til then. So I went to the hobby shop, picked up a Digitrax DH163D, and wired it directly to the outputs of the Commander and directly to a motor sitting on my desk to see if this $20 DCC bargain worked. Sure enough, it made that motor purr! So then I started messing with some resistors and grain of rice lamps, but didn't realize I had left the power to the decoder on, and while shuffling wires around, something touched something it wasn't supposed to, and it was like Hiroshima on my desk. A flash, and a little mushroom cloud of smoke rising from the receiver. The Commander went into self shutdown. There was a roasted spot in the decoder's shrink wrap. All seemed bleak. I powered the Commander back up, turned the knob, and hey! It still works! Hooked lights up to it (this time turning it off first!) and all but the front headlight works. Called Digitrax, and apparently they'll fix the thing for $17 (vs $26 to buy a new one locally). So all is not lost, I'll just not have a headlight until I can afford the money to fix the decoder.