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I'm trying to add a NMEA 2000 backbone to our existing Ockam system

We recently got three new Garmin GNX 120 displays to put at the mast. Those and the AIS transponder (Em-trak B100) will be the only things on the backbone for now

I purchased a Quark-elec A032 AIS to act as a gateway. Seemed like a simple hook up to the Ockam 041 GPS module. The Ockam system should send out NMEA data as if it were sending it to a chart plotter. That doesn't seem to be working though. I've tried every wire configuration at every baud rate. Yesterday I borrowed an Actisense NGW-1 to try that and it made no difference

Ockam 041 GPS Module:

Quark-elec A032:

Not sure if there is a switch in OckamSoft that needs to be flipped or a command needs to be sent to the 041 module for it to start sending data

Any help would be appreciated 

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Have you asked this question on or researched the quark elec site forum?  I installed one of their devices but found the instructions for NMEA connection varied by the device you are trying to connect.  https://www.quark-elec.com/forum/

The wiring pattern that ended up working for me was different from the instructions, and was a source of high frustration.



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I haven't posted on the forum but have been in contact with Harry from Quark-elec. He's been happy to help as much as he can but I think the problem lies on the Ockam side. I tried multiple wire configurations and every baud setting in each configuration

I have some adapters and converters that should be here by the end of the week. Going to see what's coming out of the GPS module. Also going to see if I can use the RS232 module to stream NMEA data through an RS422 converter into the Quark-elec box

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I just want to update this for anyone else who runs across this in the future

The Quark-elec A032 will not work with Ockam. I doubt anything else they make will connect either. Even though they state that the device is "Compatible with all NMEA 0183 versions without configuring" it will not

The problem is the lack of a checksum. Data coming out of the Ockams doesn't always have a checksum. The data passed through from the GPS does but data from other sensors does not. Without a valid checksum the Quark-elec A032 invalidates it and will not pass the sentence through. There is no way to change the firmware to make it possible either

What I did find to work is an Actisense NGW-1-ISO connected to the RS-232 module. Two wires: Red/Black on the NGW to RD(4)/GND(1) on the RS-232 module. Match baud rate and set the RS-232 module to output NMEA data only

I'm still adjusting things to see if a higher baud rate will allow me to connect to the PC and output both NMEA and Ockam data from the RS-232 module. Will check back when I get more info...

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