QK-A026-plus NMEA 2000 AIS Receiver with NMEA Multiplexer + N2K Converter + WiFi + GPS

264.45 (220.38 excl. VAT)

The new A026+ is an incredibly versatile device with outstanding build quality. With countless functions working seamlessly this multifaceted AIS receiver is a must have for those looking for an easy and reliable WiFi enabled solution to complex marine networks.

  • AIS and GPS receiving capabilities
  • Up to 50 nautical miles receiving range
  • NMEA 2000 connection
  • 1 x 0183 INPUT 1 x 0183 OUTPUT 1 x SeaTalk Input
  • WiFi capable
  • USB enabled
  • A fully integrated bi-directional data converter to allow your devices to communicate together with no delay/data lag.

 

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Description

Description

The A026+ is used by many commercial and retail sectors alike, including sports, leisure, fishing and vessel monitoring markets. This level of adaptability is due to not only the A026+’s solid metal enclosure and heavy duty S0239 connector but also because of its WiFi capabilities and its ease of use. The A026+ 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.

This dynamic nature of the A026+ is what currently makes it one of the best smart solutions available on the marine market.

Technical Specifications & Features

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  • Two independent receivers monitoring AIS channels and decoding both channels simultaneously
  • Sensitivity up to -112 dBm@30% PER (up to 450% more sensitive than the A026)
  • Up to 50 nautical miles receiving range
  • SeaTalk1 to NMEA 0183 protocol converter
  • NMEA 0183 message output through WiFi, USB and NMEA 0183
  • Built-in GPS to provide positional data
  • Multiplexing NMEA input with AIS+GPS sentences, and outputs as a seamless stream of data
  • Convert the combined NMEA 0183 data into NMEA 2000 PGNs
  • Ad-hoc/station/standby operating modes on WiFi
  • The internal WiFi access point connects up to 4 devices simultaneously
  • Plug & Play connectivity with chart plotters and PCs
  • Compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS (Initial configuration must be completed using Windows software.)
  • Can connect to older RS232 products through optional Protocol Bridge (AS03). For more information, read below

The A026+ comes with a standard RS422 NMEA 0183 input. NMEA sentences from other on-board devices, like wind sensors, depth transductors, autopilots, radars, can all be multiplexed by the A026+ and then combined with internal AIS and GPS data.

The internal SeaTalk converter allows the A026+ to listen on the SeaTalk bus and convert SeaTalk  data to NMEA messages. These messages then can be combined with other input NMEA data flows.

The A026+ model includes an integrated GPS module, which provides GPS data to all outputs when it is connected to a GPS antenna (TNC connection type).

The A026+ built-in NMEA 2000 converter provides a NMEA 2000 network connection. The combined data can be converted to NMEA 2000 PGNs and vice versa to USB and WiFi port. With A026+, WiFi data, USB data, NMEA 0183 input and SeaTalk1 input data can be available on new NMEA 2000 capable instruments, such as NMEA 2000 chart plotters. The WiFi and USB ports are capable of outputting the converted NMEA 2000 data while allowing users to view the raw or converted data transmitted on NMEA 2000 backbone.

When connected to an on-board PC running compatible software, or a chart plotter, the AIS data transmitted from ships within range will be displayed on the screen enabling the skipper or navigator to visualize the traffic within VHF range. Using your A026+ can enhance safety at sea by providing proximity, size and directional information from other vessels, improve safety and efficiency in navigation and help protect the marine environment.

Connections

QK-A026+ 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 QK-A026-plus and VHF voice radio.
  • GPS connector. A TNC female bulkhead connector is for external GPS antenna. An integrated GPS module supplies positional data provided a GPS antenna is connected.
  • WiFi connector. A SMA connecotor. 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.
  • USB connector. A type-B 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 or upgrading the firmware.
  • NMEA 0183 output connectors. A026+ can be connected to other AIS compatible equipment, like wind/depth or heading sensors, via the NMEA inputs. The NMEA 0183 messages from these devices can be multiplexed with AIS+GPS messages and then sent out through the NMEA 0183 output, WiFi, USB and NMEA 2000 backbone to a chart plotter or other on-board device.
  • NMEA 2000. The A026+ 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.

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FAQ – How to connect NMEA0183 RS422 to older RS232 devices.

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

To ensure A026+ compatibility with any older NMEA0183 device, check if your device uses NMEA0183 RS422 or RS232

  • NMEA0183 RS422 devices’ wiring is compatible ‘out of the box’
  • NMEA0183 RS232 will require a Protocol Bridge (AS03) to connect your wiring

 

Connecting the A026+ to an older (RS232) instrument or chartplotter is not a problem, simply order the QK-AS03 Protocol Bridge. Our QK-AS03 Protocol Bridge connects NMEA-RS232 wiring to MNEA0183-RS422 and vice versa, using a simple ‘Plug ‘n’ Play’ connection, with no setup or configuration needed.

You will probably need an AS03 if you are connecting to an older Garmin, Raymarine or Standard Horizon device. 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.

What’s included?

  • 1 x QK-A026+
  • 1 x USB cable
  • 1 x 1m NMEA 2000 drop able
  • 1 x CD containing Manuals, Configuration Software and drivers
  • 1 x Setup Guidebook
  • 1 x WiFi antenna

Available to add to your order:

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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-A026+ Basic Setup Overview.

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Manual

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

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Drivers

The QK-A026+ 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

Check the setup guide for more information.

AIS Receiver comparison guide

AIS Receiver comparison guide

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FeaturesA021A023A024/026A026+A027A028A051
DescriptionFunctionEntry level AIS
Single channel
auto-hopping

USB dongle
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
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
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-104dBm-105dBm-112dBm-104dBm-105dBm-109dBm
AIS range[2] up to...12nm12nm22nm50nm20nm20nm40nm
AIS antenna connectionSMA
(+BNC
adaptor)
BNCBNCSO239BNCBNCSO239
NMEA 0183 input
SeaTalkTM bus input (SeaTalk
converting)
GPS module integrated
(requires GPS antenna)

SMA (A026 only)

SMA

SMA

TNC
Power source Powered throughUSBUSBUSB12V - 15VSeaTalkTM bus (12V)N2K bus (12V)12V - 35V
MultiplexingMultiplexing
(A024) AIS+NMEA
(A026) AIS+GPS+NMEA

AIS+GPS+SeaTalk+NMEA 0183

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 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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FeaturesA033A034/A034-BA032A031A027A024/026A026+


DescriptionFunctionBi-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
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 SeaTalk1*

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

Combines AIS, GPS and SeaTalk1*

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

BNC connection
✓ Dual channel

BNC connection
✓ Dual channel

SO239 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(A034-B only)
NMEA 2000 network
Power source Powered through12V - 35VN2K bus (12V)N2K bus (12V)12V - 35VSeaTalk1* bus (12V)USB12V - 15V
MultiplexingMultiplexing
AIS+GPS+SeaTalk1*
✓(A024) AIS+NMEA
(A026)AIS+GPS+NMEA

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/iOSWiFiWiFiWiFiWiFiWiFiWiFiWiFi
* SeaTalk™ is a registered trademark of Raymarine.

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