Connecting the dAISy HAT



  • True two channel receiver, continuously receiving on AIS channels A (161.975 MHz) and B (162.025 MHz)

  • Superior sensitivity compared to other low-cost AIS receivers

  • Low power, less than 200mW in receive mode (<40mA at 5V)

  • 38400 baud serial output in industry standard NMEA format (AIVDM)

  • Communicates with Raspberry Pi via UART0 (serial0)

  • Works with Raspberry Pi 1 (A+/B+ only), Pi 2, Pi 3, Pi 4 and Pi Zero

  • Shape and size compliant with Raspberry Pi HAT standard

  • Breakout pads for 2 independent TTL serial outputs, 3.3 and 5 volt rails, and Raspberry Pi I2C port

  • SMA antenna connector

  • SMA-to-BNC adapter and hex standoffs included


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Mount the dAISy HAT in your Raspberry Pi and enable a serial port in the GPIO header of the Raspberry Pi by clicking the OPserialUart UART0 icon:


Acknowledge the warning, and reboot the Raspberry Pi:


After the reboot, launch the OpenPlotter Serial app again. On the OPserialUSB Devices tab, you should now see a new entry. Select the line with ttyAMA0, give it an alias (for example daisy) and select NMEA 0183 from the data dropdown, then press OPserialApply Apply:


Now we need to connect the ttyOP_daisy device to the Signal K server, the central data processing hub of OpenPlotter. Switch to the OPserialConnections Connections tab, select the ttyOP_daisy device and click OPserialSK Add to Signal K:


From the Baud Rate dropdown menu select 38400, then press AUTO:


You are done, the Signal K server and any program connected to it, such as OpenCPN, should now receive AIS data. Check OpenCPN to make sure there is a connection to the Signal K server and that it is getting data from your DAISy HAT:

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