dcc test track

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by bspun, Apr 7, 2007.

  1. bspun

    bspun New Member

    Ok I'm new to dcc and need to build a test track. Book says to use a 20 ohm resistor But dont have a 20 ohm but I do have a 32 ohm can I use it instead???
  2. hooknlad

    hooknlad Member

    i rightfully dont know about the tolerances of this resistance.. how many 32 ohm resistors do you have, because you could make a 20 ohm resistance with several 32 ohm resistors, well there aboutswith the tolerance level of the actual resistors..
  3. bspun

    bspun New Member

    HMMMMM Where I come frmo a 32 ohm resistor is bigger than a 20
  4. hooknlad

    hooknlad Member

    In the electrical world as with the physical world, it you parallel 2 items, you in essense divide its resistance by 2..

    2 - 32 ohm resistors in parallel = 16 ohms
    3 - 32 ohm resistors in parallel = 10.6 ohms and so on and so on

    Thats the way to do it.. once you achieve a tolerable level, you can add them together

    this scenario for 20 ohms you say, parallel 3 - 32 ohm resistors = 11ohms and add ( series) them to a another paralleled set of 3- 32 ohm resistors

    Roughly you will have 22 ohms

    thats how

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