This installation is for HO-Scale Athearn F3B DCC Ready uses the TCS GEN-MB1 Motherboard, WOW121-Diesel Decoder, and 35mm x 16mm Speaker and was performed by TCS
Important Soldering Tip:
Please do not use any flux either liquid or paste on the mother board. It will damage it. Use only Rosin core solder approved for electronics use.
We recommend to use only Kester "44" rosin core, SN63PB37, .015" diameter, part number 24-6337-0007.
This can be ordered from Techni-Tool under Techni-Tool part number 488SO157 http://www.techni-tool.com
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These items are available in the WDK-ATH-3 which was used for this installation.
Start by spreading the shell and lifting it off of the engine.
Next, remove the wiring from the original lighting board, and remove the lighting board from the engine.
Next, install the motherboard in place of the original lighting board, and mount the 35mm speaker in its housing and install the housing between the frame.
Attach the wires from the speaker and locomotive to the motherboard in accordance with the wiring diagram provided with the motherboard.
With the motherboard and speaker wired in you can install the WOW121-Diesel decoder, replace the shell, and re-attach the front coupler.
Your WOWSound installation is complete and ready to run.
Other solder tips:
When stripping wire, only strip a tiny little bit of the insulation. Strip no more then a 1/64 of an inch. When the wire gets tinned with solder the insulation will shrink back more. Try to not expose any more wire then half the length of the solder pad at most. In no case should solder or exposed wire wire ever be outside the boundary of the the solder pad you are attaching a wire to. Click here for important information on properly Stripping and Tinning wire