Could you please send us a picture of how you wire your new 24VAC valve to firstname.lastname@example.org?
Do you have a multi-meter to test the voltage? To test if the controller is working properly, please use a multimeter (AC voltage mode) to test the voltage between the common wire and the zone wire when the zone is active. Normally the voltage should be between 24V and 28V.
I am a little worried that connecting the Netro controller to a DC valve might cause a problem, although chance is small.