The Hare Next Generation
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Updated April 7, 2011.
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The next generation of the popular Hare PnP
stationary decoder (patent pending) for the Tortoise Switch Machine is now
shipping. Version I has been significantly improved to make wiring
even easier along with other new features.
Hare is protected by U.S. patent numbers 7810760, and 7810761.
Hare NG Front (more
All Power Routing is now controlled by a user selectable
dip switch. Version II that provides FEEDBACK and Switch Position
reporting for Digitrax LocoNet, Lenz ExpressNet and NCE CAB Bus
is also shipping. Version II also includes all the updated features
of Version I.
Larry and Tony:
A quick note to report how delighted I am with the 'REV N' version of the 'Hare'. I received the 13 Hares last week and installed and configured all 13 in under an hour - perfect performance, no surprises. When coupled with NCE's powerful, yet elegantly simple 'macro' system, the Hare provides a level of flexibility and set of capabilities that is simply unmatched in the hobby today. I'll be back for about 25 more 'REV N's' as I continue to convert my layout to this product.
Thank you for an highly innovative, labour saving and affordable device - keep 'em comin'!
Hare NG Back (more
Here are the specs:
Version I (List $29.95)
Plugs Directly on to Tortoise: Simplifies wiring
and reduces failures.
Auto Throw Automatically throws points when a train is approaching
against the points!
Auto Throw Timer: Provides for timing the auto throw function
to prevent two trains from colliding.
Smart Route Sets up to 13 routes by simple address programming
in addition to the primary decoder address.
Dispatcher Over-Ride: Allows the Dispatcher to lock out all
other switch commands.
Locked Route Control: Provides for only one route direction
response for either a Throw or Clear command.
Switch Speed Control: Allows you to control the Tortoise
Smart Default Ops: Upon Power-up, HareS return to either last
thrown position or a programmed default.
Operate Switch Signals or Panel LED Indicators.
Manual Pushbutton or Toggle Switch: Allows single button or toggle
switch manual control of the points.
System Reset: A single CV command sets all Addresses and CVs to
original factory values.
Direct Current Ops: The Hare will operate on DC using Manual Push
Button Control Option.
Semaphore Operations: Allows the use of a Tortoise for triggered
control of a signal head or crossing gate.
Automates Reverse Loop Turnouts. Using Auto Throw feature.
Version II (List $34.95)
All of the features above plus feedback
Feedback, Turnout Position Reporting to Digitrax LocoNet, Lenz ExpressNet
and NCE CabBus.
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