Edit NCE Macro
This tool allows you to review, edit, and save NCE style macros. It also allows you to backup
and restore all the NCE command station macros to and from a file. The file format is
identical to NCE, so you can restore a file that was generated by the NCE backup command.
Very useful since the restore and backup commands in the 2007 EPROM don't currently work! We
recommend that you set the baud rate at 9600 when using this tool.
To backup all of your macros to a file, press the "Backup" button located on the bottom row
of the JMRI macro editor. A default file name will appear in the Save window, you can change
the name it to whatever you wish. Press the "Save" button and the JMRI macro editor will read
the NCE command station memory and store the contents into the file you selected.
To restore all of your macros from a file, press the "Restore" button located on the bottom
row of the JMRI macro editor. Select a file by typing the name, or clicking on it. Press the
"Open" button and the JMRI macro editor will write the NCE command station memory with the
contents of the file you selected. The JMRI macro editor will check the contents of the file
before writing the command station memory to verify that the file is indeed a NCE macro
To review a macro, enter the number of the macro in the text box under the heading "Macro"
and press the "Get" button. This will retrieve the macro from the command station's memory.
If there's currently a macro, the "Reply:" will be "macro found". If the macro doesn't exist,
the "Reply:" will be "macro empty". If there is a macro, the JMRI NCE editor will show a list
of accessories that the macro is programmed to activate.
To change an accessory address, type in a new accessory address and press the button next
to the accessory address box to "Closed" or "Thrown". If you want to save it to the NCE
command station you must press the "Save" button located at the bottom of the editor. The
"Save" button only becomes active if the macro has been modified.
To add an accessory to a macro, enter the accessory's address and then press the "Add" button
until the desired action "Thrown" or "Closed" appears. Again, use the "Save" button if you
wish to update the NCE command station memory.
To delete an accessory, push the "Delete" button across from the accessory you wish to
delete. And "Save" if you want to update the NCE command station memory.
To link this macro to another one, enter the macro that you want to link to in the last text
box of the JMRI NCE editor. Press the "Link macro" button and "Save" if you want to update
the NCE command station memory. To delete the link, press "Delete" and "Save".
Previous and Next
The "Previous" and "Next" buttons allow you to search for macros. If you're looking for an
empty macro, click the "Empty Macro" box located in the upper right hand corner. And finally,
if you're a diehard NCE fan and just can't stand using the terms "Thrown" and "Closed" to
describe a turnout, click the "NCE Turnout" box and the accessory buttons will become
"Normal" and "Reverse" just like your NCE throttle!