Bill’s Site
[Incorporating the former Maritimes Scanning Site, and commonly known as Marscan]

  e-mail me:  marscan1 AT 

Keywords: Nova Scotia, Halifax, scanning, frequencies, TMR, TMR2

Opening page Last updated April 18, 2015
(Subsidiary pages are updated separately)

This is the former Maritimes Scanning Site, that covered in detail Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, but has been scaled back to concentrate on Nova Scotia.
information on Prince Edward Island specifically, go to For information and discussion re Atlantic Canada radio check out and join in. For information on all the Maritime provinces and practically everywhere else, go to At present I do not know of any specific New Brunswick scanning site.

Much of what is left here is for my own convenience, to cater to my many other interests, but you of course are welcome to read these pages, and use the links.   My thanks to the many contributors over the years,  some of you very major back in the formative years and some in the later ones... you know who you are, and as well those who contributed once or a few times.   I have heard from some of you that this site was what really got you going in scanning back when we were still trying to figure out the TMR, and in the years since.  I am very pleased to hear that the site was of some use and inspiration to you.  It was a pleasure!

The Maritimes Scanning Site was featured internationally in the August 2003 edition of Popular Communications

FEATURED PAGE SPRING – FALL 2015: Bill’s Enhanced Halifax Cruise Ship Schedule. While this list is derived from the official Halifax Port list, it has added information of interest to me and perhaps you, including Nationality and Radio Call Sign, Length and Tonnage, Age, Last Port, Next Port. This page relates to the general radio theme of this website as I commonly listen on VHF Marine and watch on the Harbour cams as these ships arrive and depart, and sometimes I take them in with interest while in town.

My subsidiary pages, written by me. Some pages may include links to external pages.

Links I commonly use or recommend (Many are not specifically radio sites).These and other links on this site are presented for my convenience only, but may be of interest to you.

Very Brief Intro to Scanning in Nova Scotia for those who already have some knowledge of scanning

Introduction to Trunked Radio and TMR1 and 2 for those who know very little about radio

The following pages are intended for those who already have some knowledge of trunked radio

Nova Scotia’s Next Generation TMR2: description, site list and system frequencies. This system is expected to in the future also extend into and cover Prince Edward Island, and may be complemented in the farther future by a linked similar system in New Brunswick.

Please note that I currently do not provide lists of Talk Groups for either TMR1 or 2. Due to the ongoing determination of TMR2 talk groups I find that I cannot ensure an up-to-date list and therefore I recommend that you consult lists posted at Radioreference and ScanMaritimes (for the latter, you may be required to sign in at ScanMaritimes, and therefore be a member)

Setting up the 396XT/996XT for TMR2, including a reception checklist that you can copy and use.
This is a setup guide and does not actually list reception results.

TMR2 reception log. When the TMR2 first came on line the first priority for me was to figure out what sites I could receive from various locations. Now that the system is actually operational most of us have settled on a few sites but this section may still be of some interest. This is where I list reception of TMR2 CC’s from various locations and with different antennas, by myself and by others like you! It relates to the reception of TMR2 sites, not to the hearing of particular talk groups on those sites. My personal record is 30 sites from Halifax Airport! And essentially I have stopped trying…


Non-trunked frequencies associated with TMR1 and TMR2. A number of 800 MHz simplex and conventional repeater frequencies are associated with TMR1 and for the most part are also being similarly installed in the 700 MHz TMR2 radios. In other words the TMR2 radios will be both 700 MHz for the trunk itself and 800 MHz for these conventional channels. As in TMR1, users move seamlessly between trunk and conventional channels as the need arises.
Last updated Feb 17/15


TMR1: BELL MOBILITY'S TMR. This is the year 2000 system being gradually replaced by TMR2 and will most likely cease to exist later in 2015. This system carried almost all provincial government communications plus most of Halifax Regional Municipality, much of the federal government, as well as the RCMP. Some agencies will have migrated to TMR2 when you read this page.

Reception of TMR 1 sites from my home.



NS GOVERNMENT OWNED SYSTEMS (IMRS, MRCI, PSFCO, GSAR, DEPTS, ETC). While the trunk is mentioned here, this page describes the legacy conventional systems, as well as some of the specific users of the systems.

NOVA SCOTIA FIRE (revised Dec 29/14)
(Dept lists, with frequencies, and Dispatch Ctrs.)



AERONAUTICAL LISTENING PAGES Yes, I know that most of you like to listen to emergency services on the scanner but aeronautical is my own main continuing listening specialty. Here you will find several pages re listening to and observing aircraft and understanding what the pilots and controllers are talking about. Emphasis on Halifax and surrounding area. Do you listen to aircraft approaching Halifax airport and wonder what words like VOKIL, LEROS and URSOD mean? Find out here and check out my map.


MARITIMES RAILWAYS (not updated in a very long time, but not much changes!)

(Includes my list of 2 m rptrs in the Maritimes and Maine, last updated Feb 18, 2015)

(map of xmtrs in our region & much more)


Canada's Band Plans:   800 MHz  (with specific local use)   VHF 138 174 MHz

Atlas of NS showing TMR1 and IMRS radio sites 

   About Call Letters

Codes used in radio: ten, Q, CW etc
(Have you heard, 10 codes may be dying out)

About GMRS, FRS and MURS   

The old
Mobile Telephone Service and the introduction of the cell phone

Halifax Cruise Ship Schedule for 2014, with ship flag, call sign, age, pax, length, tonnage, etc. (The cruise season for 2014 is now over. This page will hopefully be replaced by a similar one in or around April 2015)

Using GMRS radios in an institutional setting



and related topics.

The PSFC official page containing user sector training guides with fleetmaps, as well as the Mobile Installation Guide, and the official video introducing TMR2.

Article (from the past) re the Proposed Maritimes Regional Communications Initiative (MRCI) written in 2010 by Terry Canning of the NS Government’s PSFC. While the MRCI did not proceed, some aspects did proceed in the form of Nova Scotia’s TMR2, and others might when NB and PEI come on board. This article also describes Nova Scotia’s legacy systems.

Nova Communications webpage re TMR2.


Other External Pages


Halifax weather Bangor Weather, (what’s coming here)

Nova Weather (a website for meterologists and citizens of Atlantic Canada)

Nova Scotia Highway Cams Maine
US National Hurricane Center Canadian Hurricane Centre

smartATLANTIC Herring Cove Buoy


WTFDA Worldwide TV-FM DX Association

NRC National Radio Club (AM Radio DX’ing)

TV Fool. Check what TV stations are in range at your location.

Recent Broadcast Decisions from the CRTC   

Digital Home’s discussion page on Eastlink Cable TV offerings


Hepburn's DX Information Centre

Radio Scanner Guide

Industry Canada's TAFL , Monthly Changes, click here.

TAFL Regional Lists

Jonathan's TAFL Search with Google Maps

Guides to Maine’s New Statewide System (MSCommNet)

Read how a Motorola Smartzone system like TMR1 works
(Description by Jim Walls K6CCC)

Easier to Read Manual for 396XT

Chart of US frequency allocations by service.  This is the whole radio spectrum.  Some differences from Canada, but mostly the same.

Radio Mobile   About the program that allows you to produce radio propagation maps.  Used by "Nick"


See Cruise Ship schedule at top

Shipfax  & Tugfax (Hfx area blogs) (see ship positions local or worldwide)

Halifax Hbr cam Piers 20 to 22 (main cruise ships berths)

The Halifax waterfront from Alderney Gate

Macdonald Bridge and approach from south

The Narrows and McKay Bridge Chebucto Head webcam

Central Harbour east of Georges, showing also Eastern Passage


A/P cam: view from the terminal towards Jct 05 and 14  

See current location of Lifeflight air ambulance (see aircraft positions local or worldwide)

Flightaware’s page on activity at Hfx Stanfield A/P   

Aviation Safety Network (descriptions & photos of air crashes and incidents) is an eclectic aero website including aircraft sales and a listing of airspace fixes in the USA 

Rockwell Collins (AIRINC) page (Lists of current and historic aircraft types, deliveries, etc)

Professional quality photos of aircraft at Stanfield Hfx A/P (on the website)

MISCELLANEOUS LINKS: (Amateur Radio on the Net)

Webcam view at Qualicum Beach, BC (my hometown)

Steve Boyko's Cdn Railway Blog

Straight Line Distances: Calculating bearings and distances

 Distances by road:

Heavens Above (gives siting opportunities for the ISS and other satellites, etc)




VHF and/or UHF scanners and monitors I have owned (not including transceivers):

GE Searcher, Lafayette P-100, Tompkins TunaVerter,

Radio Shack/Realistic PRO-30, PRO-43, PRO-92, PRO-95, PRO-96, PRO-97, PRO-99, PRO-106, PRO-2009, PRO-2026, PRO-2067, PRO-2096.

Uniden/Bearcat BC 235XLT, 590, 780XLT, 285D, 796D, 396XT, 996XT. GRE PSR-400.

Might be others I have forgotten altogether, or at least the model number is forgotten!


Current base antennas, etc: Antennacraft HBU33 (RS 15-289) UHF & High VHF TV antenna on edge, RS Scanner/Ham Discone (RS 20-043), RS Rotator (RS 15-1245), Channel Master CM-7777 amp.