Marscan

  e-mail me:  marscan1 AT gmail.com 

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

Last updated July 9, 2014

This is the former Maritimes Scanning Site, and it continues to shrink as I do less and less scanning.  For you radio enthusiasts looking for frequency and talk group lists there are wonderful discussion and database sites covering our region, namely  ScanMaritimes, RadioReference and ScanPEI   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 in the August 2003 edition of Popular Communications

Be sure to check my TMR2 pages listed below at the left.

 

Do you listen to aircraft approaching Halifax airport and wonder where all those waypoints like VOKIL, LEROS and URSOD are? Check out my map just completed.

My Own Pages.  The following pages are 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

TMR2

Description of the Next Generation TMR2 with site list and system frequencies.  This system will replace the TMR in 2015 and is now being tested.

REVISED JULY 7: Setting up the 396XT/996XT for TMR2, to both scan normally , and easily sleuth for CC reception. Also includes a reception checklist that you can copy and use. 
This is a setup guide and does not actually list reception results.

TMR2:  TMR2 reception log.  This is where I am listing reception of TMR2 CC’s from various locations and 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.

 

TMR1

TMR1:  BELL MOBILITY'S TMR.  This is the existing system which will soon become known as the legacy system as it is gradually replaced from now to 2015 by TMR2.  Includes non-trunked frequencies associated with the TMR.  This system carries almost all provincial government communications plus most of Halifax Regional Municipality, much of the federal government, as well as the RCMP and provincial ambulance service.   RCMP communications outside of HRM are now completely encrypted, so that although they are carried by this system they are not listenable.

TMR1:   Reception of TMR 1 sites from my home.


NS GOVERNMENT OWNED SYSTEMS (IMRS, MRCI, PSFCO, GSAR, DEPTS, ETC)

NOVA SCOTIA FIRE
(Dept lists, with frequencies, and Dispatch Ctrs.)

NOVA SCOTIA EHS  

NS LAW ENFORCEMENT PAGE

AERONAUTICAL LISTENING PAGES  This is my main continuing listening specialty. Several pages re listening to and observing aircraft and understanding what they are talking about.  Emphasis on Halifax and surrounding area.

MARINE LISTENING PAGES

MARITIMES RAILWAYS

VHF AMATEUR RADIO PAGE
 (my list of 2 m rptrs is here)

WEATHER AND WEATHERADIO PAGES
(map of xmtrs in our region & much more)

BROADCAST LISTENING PAGES  TV, FM, AM

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

Atlas of NS showing TMR 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

Please note that my previous pages on New Brunswick and PEI topics have been removed due to not being kept in any way current.  

 

 

 

NEW  Halifax Cruise Ship Schedule for 2014, with ship flag, call sign, age, pax, length, tonnage, etc.

WEATHER AND HIGHWAY CAMS

Halifax weather    Nova Scotia Highway Cams
      
US National Hurricane Center                          Canadian Hurricane Centre

smartATLANTIC Herring Cove Buoy

 Weather Bangor, Maine (what’s coming to N.S.)

TV and BROADCAST RADIO:

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

SCANNING:

Hepburn's DX Information Centre

Radio Scanner Guide          daylight.com

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

Jonathan's TAFL Search with Google Maps

Read how a Motorola Smartzone system like the TMR 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"

SHIPS AND MARINE RADIO (INCLUDING HARBOUR CAMS): 

See Cruise Ship schedule at top

Shipfax  & Tugfax  (Hfx area blogs)

www.marinetraffic.com (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

AIRCRAFT AND AERO RADIO:

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

See current location of Lifeflight air ambulance

 www.planefinder.net (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) 

www.planespotters.net (Lists of current and historic aircraft types, deliveries, etc)

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

MISCELLANEOUS LINKS:

eHAM.net  (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: distancesonline.com

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

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

 

 

My Radio Highlights

  • 1950’s:  As a child heard on our kitchen radio, radiobeacons below the AM broadcast band
  • Early to mid 1960’s:  As a teen, DX’ed the AM broadcast band.  Thrilled to hear transcontinental signals. Listened to international shortwave broadcasting. Heard my name mentioned on Swiss International Radio.  Received QSL cards from Soviet Union and China, at the height of the Cold War.  Began listening to HF utility stations worldwide.    Used various receivers in this period, culminating with the Realistic DX-150A.   All analog tuning.. it wasn’t until the 80’s or later that I had a digital readout communications receiver.
  • First learned Morse code in the Scouts organization.
  • Early 60’s to Mid-70’s:  Specialized in the 2 MHz marine band, especially the US Coast Guard and the British Columbia coast.
  • Summer of 1970:  First listened to VHF public service signals on an all band portable radio and in the next year graduated to a VHF monitor receiver (one frequency at a time, did not scan)
  • Early 1970’s:   Joined the Canadian Navy.  Became a Communications Officer on a destroyer.   Worked daily with NATO codes. Received my first Restricted Radiotelephone Operator’s certificate, starting with Maritime, and later added Land and Aeronautical.
  • Mid-70’s, after leaving the navy, bought my first scanner, a GE Searcher, with 4 channels, each tuned by individual VFO’s.
  • 1978:   Passed the Amateur Radio exam and received the call VE1BWC, since replaced by VE1CY.   Only marginally active as a ham.
  • Late 70’s?: Bought my first programmable scanner, the RS PRO-30 16 channel handheld, and began serious scanning.
  • Late 90’s:   Got my first trunking scanner, the Uniden BC-235XLT
  • Around 2000:  Began the Maritimes Scanning Site, which was at its peak around 2005 or so.

 

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