Quark QK-A026 Dual Channel Marine AIS Receiver with WiFi, NMEA & GPS built-in


Quark QK-A026 Dual Channel Marine AIS Receiver with WiFi, NMEA & GPS built-in

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Note: if connecting this AIS Receiver to a Garmin Chartplotter, you will also need to order the Garmin Interface Board.

QK-A026 is a compact dual channel, VHF AIS receiver and is able to receive information from both AIS frequencies simultaneously. It can also combine one external NMEA0813 (4.8kbps) data source with GPS and AIS messages. This single data stream is then transmitted synchronously via WiFi, USB and RS422.
The marine Automatic Identification System (AIS) is a location and vessel information reporting system. It allows vessels equipped with AIS to automatically, and dynamically share and regularly update their position, speed, course and other information such as vessel identity with similarly equipped vessels. Position is derived from the Global Positioning System (GPS) and communication between vessels is by Very High Frequency (VHF) digital transmissions. There are a number of types of AIS device, like Class A transceivers, Class B transceivers, AIS base stations, Aids to Navigation (AtoN) and AIS receivers.
The QK-A026 includes all the features of the QK-A024 plus the addition of an integrated GPS receiver making installation even simpler.  Note – an external GPS Antenna (not supplied but see below) is required to enable the GPS function.


  • Two independent receivers monitoring AIS channels (161.975MHz & 162.025MHz) and decoding both channels simultaneously
  • Sensitivity down to -107 dBm@30% PER
  • Up to 55 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 (requires external antenna)
  • Combine NMEA input (4.8kpbs only), GPS and AIS messages and output as a seamless stream of data
  • BNC connector for 50 Ohm VHF antenna (not supplied)
  • SMA connector for 50 Ohm WiFi antenna (supplied)
  • SMA connector for 50 Ohm GPS antenna (not supplied)
  • Compatible with Windows XP, 7, 8, 10, Mac OS X, Linux systems
  • Plug & play connectivity with most chart plotters and PCs
  • If connecting to a Garmin chart plotter you also need the Garmin Interface board; see https://www.universalyachtparts.com/product/garmin-if

A full Application note is available for download here.

In the box:

  • QK-A026 AIS receiver
  • WiFi Antenna
  • Mini-USB to standard USB cable
  • Mini-CD with Drivers and Application Note/User Instructions

Note: VHF antenna, GPS antenna and suitable AIS display program are not supplied.
This unit + GPS Antenna is available at A026 + GPS antenna
This unit + GPS Antenna + 12V PSU is available at A026 + GPS + 12 PSU


This is without doubt about the cheapest and easiest way of getting AIS on your boat!!
With a built-in GPS receiver, there is no need to connect it to your existing GPS/Chartplotter for position data.
We can also supply AIS transponders, antenna splitters and antennas depending on your requirements.
You can also buy this AIS Receiver complete with a VHF Antenna Splitter with an even larger cost saving – see A026 + Splitter combo.

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