QK-A026 AIS Receiver with NMEA Multiplexer + WiFi + GPS

$187.30 ($156.08 excl. VAT)

If you want to merge AIS, GPS and NMEA data …

  • Combines dual channel AIS data, with GPS and NMEA information
  • View wirelessly from anywhere on your boat on your smartphone, tablet or laptop (and connect to a chart plotter or device of your choice).

.

In stock

Description

Description


If you want to merge AIS, GPS and NMEA data …

The A026 combines dual channel AIS data, with GPS and NMEA information allowing you to view wirelessly anywhere on your boat (and connect to a chart plotter or device of your choice).

The advantage of an integrated GPS is that you can see, not only where the other ships are, but crucially where you are in comparison with them and the coastline.

The ideal wireless AIS, GPS and NMEA multiplexer for your convenience.

  • Compact dual channel AIS receiver
  • Multiplexer: combines AIS, GPS and 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

.

View AIS, GPS and NMEA, either Wired or Wireless 

.

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
  • Built-in GPS to provide position data
  • Combines NMEA input(4.8kpbs only), GPS and AIS messages, and outputs as a seamless stream of data
  • BNC connector for 50 Ohm VHF antenna
  • Powered SMA connector for 50 Ohm GPS antenna
  • WiFi: Ad Hoc, Station, and Standby operating modes.
  • The internal WiFi access point connects up to 4 devices simultaneously
  • 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 older RS232 products through optional Protocol Bridge (AS03). For more information, read below

.

Connections

QK-A026 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-A026 and VHF voice radio.
  • 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.
  • NMEA 0183 output connectors. QK-A026 can be connected to other AIS and SeaTalk compatible equipment (eg. wind/ depth or heading sensors) QK-A026 sends out NMEA 0183 messages via WiFi, USB and NMEA outputs simultaneously for chart plotter.
  • Built-in GPS. An integrated GPS unit supplies positional data in addition to the AIS data. It should not need setting up. GPS information can be output via WiFi, USB or NMEA.
  • WiFi. Connectivity in both Ad Hoc and Station Modes on 802.11 b/g/n.
  • Check the LED lights. QK-A026 features three LEDs that indicate power (top, red), AIS (centre, green) and GPS (bottom, green) status respectively. The AIS LED will flicker at a fast rate when signals are received. The GPS LED will flicker more slowly as data is received.

.

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 CD containing Manuals, Configuration Software and drivers
  • 1 x Setup Guidebook

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

.

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.

Click Here for all our Marine Products

 

Manual / Drivers

Manual / Drivers

.

Setup Guide

QK-A026 Basic Setup Overview.

.

Manual

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

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

.

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.

.

Configuration Software

Please choose the proper configuration tool. 08022020 or later version supports disable WiFi and GPS. 29062020 or later version supports UDP protocol(need supported WiFi firmware).

How to use configuration software ?

Below is our ‘step by step’ guide

.

Setup Video

AIS Receiver comparison guide

AIS Receiver comparison guide

For mobile view and PDF click here

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

For mobile view and PDF click here

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.

Cart