HOW IT WORKS
Your inReach sends an email to tcAis where a program periodically reads the Inbox and
looks for your MMSI number, Longitude, Latitude, and UTC time.
Then, tcAis sends a message containing this information to Marine Traffic.
If you own a Garmin inReach
device, you can use tcAis by following the steps below:
Get an MMSI number for your boat
If you already have an MMSI number, ignore this step.
An MMSI number is a unique identifier for the AIS system. You will need to have this number to use any AIS services.
For more information on the AIS system, refer to AIS on wikipedia.
Go to marinetraffic.com and register to obtain an MMSI number for your boat;
you should be able to get this for free.
You can also install the Marine Traffic App on your mobile device and obtain an MMSI number there. Follow the directions here.
Add the tcAis message to your inReach
Log on to your inReach account,
under Preset Messages, click Edit, and enter:
The MMSI entry must look EXACTLY like above, but replace 123456789 with your own MMSI number.
In the field immediately below, enter the tcAis email address:
Sync your inReach
Sync your inReach to transfer the tcAis preset message.
YOU ARE READY
Send your location to marinetraffic.com
On your inReach device:
Click SEND --- DO THIS ONLY FROM YOUR VESSEL ---
- Go to Preset messages
- Select the tcAis MMSI message
Depending on your subscription plan with Garmin inReach, you may be charged for each message incurred from using tcAis.
tcAis comes with no support and no guarantee to work. Do not rely on tcAis.