QK-A027 Wireless AIS Receiver with GPS + SeaTalk Converter

$148.45 ($123.71 excl. VAT)

If you want to merge Seatalk* with AIS and GPS data…

  • Combines dual channel AIS data, with GPS and Seatalk* information
  • View wirelessly anywhere on your boat to your mobile phones, tablets and laptops without the need for a WiFi router.
  • (with the added option to connect to a NMEA chart plotter).

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Description

Description

Wireless AIS + GPS Receiver with SeaTalk Converter

If you want to merge Seatalk* with AIS and GPS data…

The A027 combines dual channel AIS data, with GPS and Seatalk* information allowing you to view wirelessly from anywhere on your boat to your mobile phones, tablets and laptops (with the added option to connect to a NMEA chart plotter).

  • Compact dual channel AIS receiver
  • Multiplexer: combines AIS, GPS and Seatalk*
  • SeaTalk* to NMEA converter
  • Can be used wirelessly (WiFi) and through the USB or NMEA ports
  • Integrated GPS module that can track up to 22 satellites on 66 channels.
  • Compatible with Chart plotters, Windows, Mac OS X, Linux systems, Android and iOS

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View AIS, GPS and SeaTalk through WiFi, wired USB and NMEA 

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Features

  • Two independent receivers monitoring AIS channels (161.975MHz &162.025MHz) and decoding both channels simultaneously
  • Sensitivity down to -104 dBm@30% PER
  • Up to 20 nautical miles receiving range
  • Powered by the Seatalk bus (<120mA @12.0V)
  • NMEA-0183 message output through WiFi,USB and RS422
  • Configurable baud rates: (4.8, 9.6, 38.4k input and output)
  • Simultaneous wireless and USB output
  • The internal WiFi access point connects up to 4 devices simultaneously
  • Adhoc and Station operating mode
  • SeaTalk to NMEA 0183 protocol converter
  • Built-in GPS to provide positional data
  • Combines GPS and AIS messages with NMEA 0183 and outputs as a seamless stream of data
  • BNC connector for 50 Ohm VHF antenna
  • Powered SMA connector for 50 Ohm GPS antenna
  • 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

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Connections

QK-A027 has the following electrical 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-A027 and VHF voice radio.
  • GPS antenna connector. Standard SMA female 50 Ohm connector to connect with an active GPS antenna.
  • SeaTalk input connector. The SeaTalk port has 3-Pin terminals for connection to the SeaTalk bus. Ensure the connection is correct before powering up. An incorrect connection could damage the QK-A027 and other devices on the SeaTalk Bus. The QK-A027 runs on 12.0V DC and is powered through the Seatalk interface. This allows a much cleaner supply and a concomitant improvement in signal reception.
  • LED lights. QK-A027 features three LEDs which indicate power, AIS and GPS status respectively.
  • NMEA 0183 output connectors. QK-A027 can be connected to other AIS compatible equipment, like wind/depth or heading sensors, via the NMEA inputs. QK-A027 sends out NMEA 0183 messages via WiFi, USB and NMEA outputs simultaneously.
  • USB connector. A micro USB connector outputs the NMEA messages. It can also be used for adjusting parameters using the GUI Configuration software. The A026 can be linked directly to a USB port on the PC or other mobile devices via the supplied cable.

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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 A027 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 A027 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.

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What’s included?

  • 1 x QK-A027
  • 1 x USB extension 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.

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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.

 

Useful Links:

Manual / Drivers

Manual / Drivers

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Setup Guide

QK-A027 Basic Setup Overview.

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Manual

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

Application note for QK-A027 Wireless AIS+GPS Receiver With SeaTalk Converter.

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Drivers

The QK-A027 comes preloaded with drivers.

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

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Configuration Software

This is a generic configuration GUI, which can be used to set up any Quark-elec MUX or WiFi product.

Check ‘readme.txt’ for more information please.

How to use configuration software ?

Below is our ‘step by step’ guide

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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