QK-A027-plus NMEA 2000 AIS+GPS Receiver with NMEA Multiplexer and Ethernet, N2K, WiFi,USB Outputs

$272.74 ($227.28 excl. VAT)

The A027+ is a commercial level AIS/GPS receiver with multiple routing functions. Data generated from the built-in AIS and GPS receivers, the NMEA 0183, and Seatalk1 inputs is combined by the multiplexer and can be forwarded to WiFi, Ethernet (RJ45 port), USB, NMEA0183 and N2K outputs.

Whether you are using a tablet, a mobile phone or an onboard computer, you can easily connect the device to your on-board navigation system. The A027+ can also be used as an AIS shore station which can receive and transfer AIS data to a remote server via the internet by government bodies.

  • AIS and GPS receiving capabilities
  • Up to 45 nautical miles receiving range
  • NMEA 2000 connection
  • 1 x 0183 INPUT 1 x 0183 OUTPUT 1 x SeaTalk1 Input
  • Ethernet port
  • WiFi and USB capable
Description

Description

With the introduction of an Ethernet (RJ45) port, the A027+ is capable of connecting directly to your computer or via a router to feed AIS and GPS data. The additional features such as the WiFi, USB and N2K outputs, combined with the NMEA multiplexing facility mean this device provides a seamless stream of output data to your device.

The A027+ can also be used as an AIS shore station to monitor of shipping by government bodies.

which can receive and transfer AIS data to a remote server via the internet by government bodies.

Its solid metal enclosure means it can be used by many commercial and retail sectors alike, including sports, leisure, fishing, and vessel monitoring markets. The heavy duty S0239 connector is ideal for use with our QK-AS12 VHF antenna and can withstand even the harshest of weather conditions, which is perfect for those who love to brave the water in all weathers.

The A027+ requires little to no configuration in most cases and can transmit all of your data to any WiFi enabled Android, iOS, Windows or Mac device, allowing you to use navigational applications on the go.

The dynamic nature of the A027+ is what currently makes it one of the best smart solutions available on the marine market.

Applications

  • Onboard AIS/GPS receiver
  • Monitoring of shipping by government bodies as AIS shore station
  • Feeding data to AIS vessel tracking websites
  • Managing traffic at local port approaches
  • Assisting in Search and Rescue operations
  • Analyzing shipping in specific areas
  • Monitoring fishing zones

Technical Specifications & Features

  • Two independent receivers monitoring both AIS channels simultaneously
  • Sensitivity up to -112 dBm@30% PER (compared with the 105dBm of the A027)
  • Up to 45 nautical miles receiving range
  • SeaTalk1 to NMEA 0183 protocol converter
  • NMEA 0183 message output through Ethernet (RJ45), WiFi, USB and NMEA 0183 port
  • Built-in GPS to provide positional data
  • Multiplexing NMEA input with AIS+GPS sentences, and outputs these as a seamless stream of data
  • Converts the combined NMEA 0183 data into NMEA 2000 PGNs
  • Connects up to 4 devices simultaneously using the internal WiFi access point
  • Plug & Play connectivity with chart plotters and PCs
  • Compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS (The configuration tool is a Windows application, therefore a Windows computer is required for the initial configuration)
  • Can connect to older RS232 products through optional Protocol Bridge (AS03).

What makes the A027+ unique?

The A027+ is classed as a commercial grade AIS receiver as it offers more enhanced functions such as the Ethernet and NMEA 2000 outputs, which some entry level AIS receivers do not. It has a greater AIS range of 45nm, similar to the commercial grade A026+, however, as it is a one-way interface, the A027+ is perfect for those wanting the extra AIS range, but do not need the additional features that the A026+ provides. This keeps the A027+ pocket-friendly, while still offering more advanced functions than the entry-level devices.
The below comparison chart briefly explains the functional differences between these products:

ProductUSBWiFiEthernetNMEA 2000SeaTalk ConverterMaximum AIS range
A027+One-wayOne-wayYesOne-wayYes45nm
A026+Bi-directionalBi-directionalNoBi-directionalYes45nm
A024One-wayOne-wayNoNoNo22nm
A026One-wayOne-wayNoNoNo22nm
A027One-wayOne-wayNoNoYes20nm
A028One-wayNoNoOne-wayNo20nm

Connections

QK-A027+ has the following connections/indicators:

  • AIS antenna connector:  Heavy duty SO239 VHF type connector for external antenna. An active VHF antenna splitter (e.g., QK-A015-RX ) is required if one VHF antenna is shared by the QK-A027+ and a VHF voice radio.
  • GPS connector: A TNC female bulkhead connector for an external GPS antenna. The integrated GPS module supplies positional data provided a GPS antenna is connected.
  • WiFi: Connectivity in both Ad-hoc and station modes on 802.11 b/g/n provides WiFi output of all messages. WiFi can also be disabled by setup into standby mode.
  • Ethernet: The multiplexed navigation data can be sent to a computer or remote server (by connecting the A027+ to a router with internet connection).
  • USB connector: The A027+ comes with a type B USB connector and USB cable. The USB connection supports data input (for firmware update and changing default settings) and output as standard (multiplexed information from all input instruments will be sent to this connection).
  • NMEA 0183 input/output connectors: A027+ can be connected to other AIS compatible equipment, such as wind/depth or heading sensors, via the NMEA input. The NMEA 0183 messages from these devices can be multiplexed with AIS+GPS messages and then sent out through the NMEA 0183 output to a chart plotter or other on-board device.
  • NMEA 2000: The A027+ is pre-fitted with a five-core screened cable for the NMEA 2000 connection, fitted with a male micro-fit connector. Simply connect the cable to the network backbone using a T-piece connector. An NMEA 2000 backbone always requires two termination resistors, one at each end.

What’s included?

  • 1 x QK-A027+
  • 1 x USB cable
  • 1 x 1m NMEA 2000 drop cable
  • 1 x CD containing manuals, configuration software and drivers
  • 1 x setup guidebook
  • 1 x WiFi antenna

Available to add to your order:

Help and Support

For any technical questions regarding this product, you can visit the forum at https://www.quark-elec.com/forum/ and ask us your question,  it’s regularly checked by our technical team and your question may already have been answered there.

Alternatively, contact us directly, with details of your set up and we will be happy to help.

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Manual / Drivers

Manual / Drivers

Setup Guide

QK-A027+ Basic Setup Overview.

Manual

Detailed technical specifications. (The ‘Technical Application Note’).

Drivers

The QK-A027+ comes preloaded with drivers.

The device driver is a file that lets the computer know the configurations and specification of the AIS receiver. In case you’ve had software issues the driver can be downloaded below.

Configuration Software

Check the setup guide for more information.

AIS Receiver comparison guide

AIS Receiver comparison guide

For mobile view and PDF click here

FeaturesA021A024/026A026+A027 A027+ A028A051
DescriptionFunctionEntry level AIS
Single channel
auto-hopping

USB dongle
Dual channel AIS receiver
(+GPS in A026)

Combines AIS (+GPS) and NMEA 0183 input

Outputs WiFi, USB and NMEA 0183
QK-A026-plus NMEA 2000 AIS Receiver with NMEA Multiplexer+N2K Converter + WiFi + GPS


Outputs
to USB/WiFi/NMEA 0183/NMEA 2000
Dual channel AIS+GPS receiver, with SeaTalkTM to NMEA converter

Combines AIS, GPS and SeaTalkTM input

Outputs WiFi, USB and
NMEA 0183
QK-A027-plus NMEA 2000 AIS + GPS receiver with NMEA multiplexer and ethernet

Outputs Ethernet, Wifi, N2K, USB
NMEA 2000 AIS receiver + GPS

Outputs USB, NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000
WiFi AIS Transponder
Class B

Outputs WiFi, USB and 2 x NMEA 0183
INPUT
connections
AIS dual channel
AIS channel hopping. (A single channel receiver that ‘hops’ between two AIS channels)[1]
AIS sensitivity (@30% PER)-104dBm -105dBm -112dBm -104dBm -112dBm-105dBm -109dBm
AIS range[2] up to...12nm 22nm50nm20nm 50nm20nm40nm
AIS antenna connectionSMA
(+BNC
adaptor)
BNCSO239BNCSO239BNCSO239
NMEA 0183 input
SeaTalkTM bus input (SeaTalk
converting)
GPS module integrated
(requires GPS antenna)

SMA (A026 only)

SMA

SMA

TNC
Power source Powered throughUSBUSB12V - 15VSeaTalkTM bus (12V)12V - 15VN2K bus (12V)12V - 35V
MultiplexingMultiplexing
(A024) AIS+NMEA
(A026) AIS+GPS+NMEA

AIS+GPS+SeaTalk+NMEA 0183

AIS+GPS+SeaTalk

AIS+GPS+SeaTalk+NMEA 0183

AIS and GPS
OUTPUT
connections
USB NMEA 0183 output
NMEA 0183 output (RS422)✓x2
RS422 + RS232
NMEA 2000 network
Ethernet
WiFiAd-hoc and Station modes
Option to disable WiFi
Configuration
Configuration through USB
port. Configuration requires
Windows PC
not required
Compatible
devices and
software
Windows/Mac/Linux
through USB
Chart Plotters
Android/iOSUSB OTGWiFiWiFiWiFiWiFiWiFi
[1] Manually adjustable hopping interval rates (0.25 seconds, 1 second, 30 seconds and auto-hopping) Channel hopping will increase the number of messages received, in comparison with single channel receivers. However, part of some multi-AIS messages may be lost, due to the hopping nature of the product. If both the quantity and the completeness of AIS messages is important to you, we recommend the dual channel receivers.
[2] Mounted on a masthead, 20 feet above sea level.
* SeaTalk™ is a registered trademark of Raymarine.

Compare NMEA Multiplexers

Compare NMEA Multiplexers

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FeaturesA024/026A026+A027A027+A031A032A033A034/A034-B


DescriptionFunctionDual channel AIS
receiver, multiplexer

Combines AIS, and
NMEA 0183

Outputs WiFi, USB and NMEA
0183
NMEA 2000 AIS Receiver with NMEA Multiplexer+N2K Converter + WiFi + GPS


Outputs
to USB/WiFi/NMEA 0183/NMEA 2000
Dual channel AIS receiver, multiplexer, SeaTalkTM to NMEA converter

Combines AIS, GPS and SeaTalk1*

Outputs WiFi, USB and
NMEA 0183
NMEA 2000 AIS + GPS receiver with NMEA multiplexer and ethernet

Outputs Ethernet, WiFi, N2K, USB
NMEA 0183 and SeaTalkTM multiplexer

Combines up to 3 MNEA 0183 inputs with SeaTalk1*

Outputs WiFi, USB and
MNEA 0183
NMEA 2000/0183

Bi-directional Gateway

Combines NMEA 2000/0183

Outputs WiFi, USB and NMEA 2000/0183
Bi-directional Multiplexer with Seatalk1* converter

Combines up to 3 NMEA 0183 inputs with Seatalk1*, WiFi and USB input

Outputs NMEA 0183, WiFi and USB
Bi-directional WiFi/NMEA 2000/NMEA 0183/ USB Multiplexer

Included SeaTalk1* to NMEA 0183 converter

Outputs WiFi, USB and
MNEA 2000 and NMEA 0183
INPUT
connections
NMEA 0183 input✓x1✓x1✓x1✓x3✓x3✓x3
NMEA 2000 input
SeaTalkTM bus input (SeaTalk
converting)
AIS receiver integrated
(requires GPS antenna)
✓ Dual channel

BNC connection
✓ Dual channel

SO239 connection
✓ Dual channel

BNC connection
GPS module integrated
(requires GPS antenna)

SMA (A026 only)

SMA
OUTPUT
connections
USB (NMEA 0183 format) output✓2 way ✓2 way
NMEA 0183 output (RS422)✓x2(A034-B only)
NMEA 2000 network
Ethernet
Power source Powered throughUSB12V - 15VSeaTalk1* bus (12V)12V-15V12V - 35VN2K bus (12V)12V - 35VN2K bus (12V)
MultiplexingMultiplexing✓(A024) AIS+NMEA
(A026)AIS+GPS+NMEA

AIS+GPS+NMEA

AIS+GPS+SeaTalk1*

AIS+GPS+SeaTalk+NMEA 0183
Routing
Filtering
WiFiAd-hoc and Station modes✓2 way ✓2 way
Option to disable WiFi
Configuration
Configuration through USB
port. Configuration requires
Windows PC
Compatible
devices and
software
Windows/Mac/Linux
through USB
Chart Plotters
Android/iOSWiFiWiFiWiFiWiFiWiFiWiFiWiFiWiFi
* SeaTalk™ is a registered trademark of Raymarine.

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