Lenz DCC & Australian Agent

 
  sol Assistant Commissioner

Location: Evanston Gardens SA
Not sure if TES at Dubbo is still the Lenz agent as he seems to be uncontactable.
Google is no help        lenz.aus@bigpond.com    gets nowhere

Does anyone know who is the Lenz agent now & how to contact them please?

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  DJPeters Assistant Commissioner

On the actual Lenz website this is the Australian Agent for them it is the only one listed.

Lenz Australia - Peter McDonald
Dubbo East NSW 2830 - P.O. Box 4145
Tel:  0061 / 0456 001 034 - Fax: 0061 / 2 / 6884 99 33
lenz.aus@bigpond.com
  sol Assistant Commissioner

Location: Evanston Gardens SA
I am aware of those details but no response by phone or e-mail
  sol Assistant Commissioner

Location: Evanston Gardens SA
Peter McDonald of Lenz Au has responded.
  steve_w_1990 Junior Train Controller

Location: Trying to fix something on the PTA Network
If I were you, I'd seriously consider moving on to another system like NCE, Digitrax or ESU.

I know you've probably already got a lot of money tied up in the Lenz system, but there is a lot more support for the above mentioned systems here.

I've had NCE DCC since 2011, and I've been very happy with it.
  sol Assistant Commissioner

Location: Evanston Gardens SA
I am a NCE user myself since 2007 but was trying to help out a Lenz user from QLD & at least 6 local mates here in South Aust are Lenz users - I even have a Lenz LH90 controller to use on their layouts....
  NSW3802 Locomotive Driver

I am a NCE user myself since 2007 but was trying to help out a Lenz user from QLD & at least 6 local mates here in South Aust are Lenz users - I even have a Lenz LH90 controller to use on their layouts....
sol
The contact you have is correct. Sometimes Peter takes a few days to reply.

Lenz has been a little slow on improvements and upgrades over the last few years, but in the last six months have released an upgraded hand controller and upgraded its main system box. There has been an upgrade offer where you can upgrade the LH90 and LH100 controllers to the LH101. The LH101 is a very compact controller that is a very nice physical size that is considerably smaller than the NCE Powercab and also neater than the Cab06.

The new controller is a considerable improvement over the previous controller with alot more information in the screen. It is much easier to use, and the locomotive programming more easy to work with. The loco memory stack is easy to access. You can download the LH101 manual on line and read it if you want. It is worth reading it to see what the controller van do. You are able to control many more functions on more modern DCC chips with this controller.

If your system is Version 3.5 you need to upgrade to version 3.6, but Peter can supply an exchange EPROM chip that you just plug into the socket where the old chip sits.

The Lenz system appears to allow you to use more cabs with the basic control box, LZV100 than the NCE systems do. I currently have 7 LH30 and 2 LH101 controllers operating with my LZV100 box. From my reading of the NCE manuals the SB3 and SB5 units limit the number if cabs that can be added to your system.

From my initial use I feel the upgrades have certainly made a vast improvement to the Lenz system.

Les
  sol Assistant Commissioner

Location: Evanston Gardens SA
I have used the new LH101 on another layout & yes. some may say improvements but I use my LH90 just for driving locos only - nothing else & the two layouts I use it on, they don't use DCC for anything else except driving locos.
I find the concept of a defined direction switch perfect ( which has a defined OFf position) when doing a lot of shunting, I can hold the controller against my body while still driving etc & the other hand used for  turnout operation & uncoupling.
I will say that the LH101 is easier to access a new loco than the method used for the LH90 but then I am not acquiring another loco every 5 minutes but about every 30-40 minutes if that. And I am not interested in other functions of the decoder.

My NCE is a 5A Pro and I run 7 controllers at any one time. Can't run anymore - no room in the layout for more bodies !

Each to his own.

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