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.
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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.
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.
QK-A026+ has the following connections/indicators:
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
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.
Help and Support
For any technical questions regarding this product, you can visit the forum at https://www.quark-elec.com/forum/ and ask your question, it’s regularly checked by the Quark-elec 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.