QK-A024 AIS Receiver with NMEA Multiplexer + WiFi

95.36 (79.47 excl. VAT)

The ideal AIS receiver with AIS and NMEA multiplexer for your convenience.

  • Combines dual channel AIS data with NMEA information
  • Allows you to view wirelessly from smartphones, tablets and laptops (with or without a WiFi router)
  • Also connects to NMEA chart plotters

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Description

Description

Introduction

The ideal AIS and NMEA multiplexer for your convenience.

The A024 combines dual channel AIS data with NMEA information allowing you to view wirelessly anywhere on your boat on smartphones, tablets and laptops (with the added option to connect to a chart plotter or device of your choice).

(NOTE: If you need integrated GPS, consider the A026)

  • Compact dual channel AIS receiver
  • Multiplexer: combines AIS with NMEA 0183
  • Can be used wireless (WiFi) or through the USB or NMEA ports
  • Up to 22 nautical miles receiving range
  • Compatible with Chart plotters, Windows, Mac OS X, Linux systems, Android and iOS

Combines AIS with NMEA

Features

  • Two independent receivers monitoring AIS channels (161.975MHz &162.025MHz) and decoding both channels simultaneously
  • Sensitivity down to -105 dBm@30% PER
  • Up to 22 nautical miles receiving range
  • USB 2.0 powered (<270mA @ 5.0V)
  • NMEA-0183 message output through WiFi,USB and RS422
  • Combine NMEA input (48000bps only), AIS messages and output as a seamless stream of data
  • BNC connector for 50 Ohm VHF antenna
  • Powered SMA connector for 50 Ohm GPS antenna
  • WiFi: Ad Hoc and Station operating modes.
  • GPS and WiFi Standby function (from firmware version 1.2/ May 2020 onwards)
  • Compatible with Windows XP,7,8,10,Mac OS X, Linux systems, Android and iOS
  • Plug & play connectivity with chart plotters and PCs
  • Can connect to Garmin and older RS232 products through our Protocol Bridge (AS03)

What’s included?

  • 1 x QK-A024
  • 1 x USB cable
  • 1 x CD containing Manuals, Configuration Software and drivers
  • 1 x Setup Guidebook

This product now includes a dual band WiFi antenna (AS05) as standard.

Connections

QK-A024 has the following connections/indicators:

  • AIS antenna connector. Standard BNC female 50 Ohm connector. An active VHF antenna splitter(e.g. QK-A015-RX) is required if one VHF antenna is shared by QK-A024 and VHF voice radio. (We recommend separate antennas ideally.)
  • USB connector. A micro USB connector supplies power to the unit and also outputs the NMEA messages. It can also be used for adjusting parameters using the GUI Configuration software.
  • WiFi. Connectivity in both Ad Hoc and Station Modes on 802.11 b/g/n.
  • NMEA 0183 output connectors. QK-A024 can be connected to other AIS and SeaTalk compatible equipment (eg. wind/ depth or heading sensors) QK-A024 sends out NMEA 0183 messages via WiFi, USB and NMEA outputs simultaneously for chart plotter.
  • Check the LED lights. QK-A024 features three LEDs which indicate power (top, red) and AIS (centre, green) and GPS* (bottom, green) status respectively. The AIS LED will flicker at a fast rate when signals are received. *As GPS is not fitted on this unit the GPS LED performs no function.

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Optional – will you need to add a Protocol Bridge?

This product uses the NMEA 0183-RS422 protocol (differential signal), however some chart plotters or devices may use the older NMEA-RS232 protocol (Single-ended signal).

Some customers have found that their Garmin products use the older RS232 connection. This is not a problem, our QK-AS03 Protocol Bridge connects NMEA-RS232 wiring to MNEA0183-RS422 and visa versa.

The QK-AS03 Protocol Bridge is easy to install using a simple ‘Plug ‘n’ Play’ connection with no setup or configuration needed. You will probably need one if you are connecting to a Garmin Device or some Raymarine Products.

The easiest way to check, is to look at the input/output connections on the device that you will connect the multiplexer to. If the input/output connections on your device (Chart plotter, depth reader, etc.) have a TX, RX or GND connection, use a protocol bridge.

If in doubt contact us for advice.

 

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

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Setup Guide

QK-A024 Setup Overview.

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Manual

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

The QK-A024 includes all of the features of the QK-A026 except the integrated GPS module. Both of them share the same capabilities for most other features; therefore they are covered together in this document.

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Drivers

The QK-A024 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.

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Configuration Software

QK-A024 shares the same configuration tool with QK-A026. Please choose the proper configuration tool. 08022020 or later version supports disable WiFi and GPS(not appliable on A024). 29062020 or later version supports UDP protocol(need supported WiFi firmware).

How to use configuration software ?

Below is our ‘step by step’ guide

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AIS Receiver comparison guide

AIS Receiver comparison guide

For mobile view and PDF click here

FeaturesA021A022A023A024/026A027A028A051
DescriptionFunctionEntry level AIS
Single channel
auto-hopping

USB dongle
Compact portable dual
channel AIS
receiver

Outputs to USB
Compact entry level WiFi AIS receiver

Single channel auto-hopping

Outputs WiFi and USB
Dual channel AIS receiver
(+GPS in A026)

Combines AIS (+GPS) and NMEA 0183 input

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

Combines AIS, GPS and SeaTalkTM input

Outputs WiFi, USB and
NMEA 0183
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 -104dBm -105dBm -104dBm -105dBm -109dBm
AIS range[2] up to...12nm 12nm12nm22nm20nm 20nm40nm
AIS antenna connectionSMA
(+BNC
adaptor)
SMA
(+BNC
adaptor)
BNCBNCBNCBNCSO239
NMEA 0183 input
SeaTalkTM bus input (SeaTalk
converting)
GPS module integrated
(requires GPS antenna)

SMA (A026 only)

SMA

SMA

TNC
Power source Powered throughUSBUSBUSBUSBSeaTalkTM bus (12V)N2K bus (12V)12V - 35V
MultiplexingMultiplexing
(A024) AIS+NMEA
(A026) AIS+GPS+NMEA

AIS+GPS+SeaTalk

AIS and GPS
OUTPUT
connections
USB NMEA 0183 output
NMEA 0183 output (RS422)✓x2
RS422 + RS232
NMEA 2000 network
WiFiAd-hoc and Station modes
Option to disable WiFi
Configuration
Configuration through USB
port. Configuration requires
Windows PC
not requirednot required
Compatible
devices and
software
Windows/Mac/Linux
through USB
Chart Plotters
Android/iOSUSB OTGUSB OTGWiFiWiFiWiFiWiFi
[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.

Multiplexer comparison guide

Multiplexer comparison guide

For mobile view and PDF click here

FeaturesA033A034A032A031A027A024/026


DescriptionFunctionBi-directional Multiplexer with SeatalkTM converter

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

Outputs NMEA 0183, WiFi and USB
NMEA 0183 x 3 to 2000 Gateway with SeaTalkTM converter

Combines up to 3 MNEA 0183 inputs with
SeaTalkTM

Outputs WiFi, USB and
MNEA 2000
NMEA 2000/0183

Bi-directional Gateway

Combines NMEA 2000/0183

Outputs WiFi, USB and NMEA 2000/0183

(AIS and non AIS versions)
NMEA 0183 and SeaTalkTM multiplexer

Combines up to 3 MNEA 0183 inputs with SeaTalkTM

Outputs WiFi, USB and
MNEA 0183
Dual channel AIS receiver, multiplexer, SeaTalkTM to NMEA converter

Combines AIS, GPS and SeaTalkTM

Outputs WiFi, USB and
NMEA 0183
Dual channel AIS
receiver, multiplexer

Combines AIS, and
NMEA 0183

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

BNC connection
✓ Dual channel

BNC connection
GPS module integrated
(requires GPS antenna)

SMA

SMA (A026 only)
OUTPUT
connections
USB (NMEA 0183 format) output✓2 way ✓2 way
NMEA 0183 output (RS422)✓x2
NMEA 2000 network
Power source Powered through12V - 35VN2K bus (12V)N2K bus (12V)12V - 35VSeaTalkTM bus (12V)USB
MultiplexingMultiplexing
AIS+GPS+SeaTalkTM
✓(A024) AIS+NMEA
(A026)AIS+GPS+NMEA
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/iOSWiFiWiFiWiFiWiFiWiFiWiFi
* SeaTalk™ is a registered trademark of Raymarine.

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