We have introduced two new products since the last Quick Reference chart was posted – QK-A031 Multiplexer, which has proved very popular and the newly released QK-A027 SeaTalk Converting AIS Receiver with GPS and WiFi.
A question we get asked a lot! There are an ever increasing number of Apps out there now, some good, some….less so. We could go out and test every single one, but then we wouldn’t have time to do the R&D which drives our products forward. We love the R&D part of our job, so we’ve put together a shortlist of applications which we know work and that cover most of the OS requirements out there. As you probably know by now, we like to encourage feedback and we love that our customers like to help each other out once in a while, so if you are using an app that isn’t listed here and you think it’s good, please give it a quick write up in the comments section. Or drop me an email and point me in the right direction!
Erratum: OpenCPN does NOT have an iOS version.
All of our Marine Electronics are compatible with Windows 7/8 and 10. The drivers will support most set ups back to XP and they should self-install. A new COM port will automatically show up in Device Manager when you plug it in. The USB connection can always be checked using a Terminal Monitoring Application such as Hyperterminal or PuTTY. Settings and procedure can be checked here using the appropriate manual for your model.
Frequently asked questions include:
Q Have just plugged in a new A022 into a Windows 10 64 Bit tablet and the Device Manager shows the device under “Other Devices” and STM32F4-Discovery in FS Mode. Properties displays Code 28 “Drivers for this device are not installed”. Device Manager says This device can not start (Code 10)
A All of our Receivers should work under Windows 10 and the drivers should automatically install, it should be ‘Plug’n’Play’. However, occasionally this does not happen. Often this is because the operating system on the PC has been upgraded from Windows 7/8 to Windows 10 rather than having a clean Windows 10 install.
Solution: Uninstall the drivers and reinstall
Legacy Operating Systems
Q I bought an AIS Receiver Dongle QUARK-Elec QK-A021 produced by your company. It works flawlessly with the computer under Windows 7. In the product description is a note, ‘it works with older versions of operating systems’. However, my attempt to install it on Windows 2000 professional failed.
System announced: “incorrect driver.” Attempts to find a suitable driver on the Internet failed. Do you have another version of the drivers for earlier operating systems? I need a driver for Windows 2000 professioal.
A The oldest version QK-A021 can automatically support is XP. We do have an older version driver which may work with Windows 2000. If you email us on firstname.lastname@example.org we will send it to you.
Hot off the presses at Pocket Mariner a fantastic new review of our receiver working with their software. They compared it with some other top sellers and their conclusion was:
If you are on a small boat and your AIS aerial is at most 10m above sea level the VHF ship spotting horizon range will be about 12NM (see note at end on calculating VHF horizon range). The Quark easily met that target for spotting ships.
Read the whole review at pocketmariner.com
Jim Ferguson aboard the Mischief Managed recently purchased a QK-A026.
He made a YouTube Video Guide to setting it up and had some really nice things to say about it:
After I bought this I had really high hopes for it. As it turns out my hopes have been mostly realized. I can connect iNavX on my iPad and MacENC on my Macintosh computer wirelessly and receive GPS and AIS data while the A026 is happily providing AIS target data to my Garmin GPSMap 3206 chart plotter. Anyway, I am ecstatic with the way this has worked out.