This site is about 20 years old, and is long past its prime. having evolved from a regional list site and discussion centre for radio enthusiasts into what it is nowadays, a more personal spot for me to come and link to items i want to easily access or to share with others. Frankly, its days are numbered, with maybe a couple of years to go, as it is becoming more difficult for me to keep this up! Please forgive my lack of updates!!
AERONAUTICAL RADIO AND OBSERVATION
My go-to receiver at home is a PRO-2048 (courtesy of my friend Matt). I find it does a great job, at least somewhat better than my more sophisticated trunk-tracking receivers. This is connected to a roof-mount dedicated VHF aero vertical. With this I am able to hear much of the traffic on the ground at Halifax airport, and as well much farther distances from aircraft aloft. In my car I use a BC-996XLT and quarter-wave whip. Keep in mind that I also use internet flight following programs, and on occasion I also use on-line communications feeds from remote locations.
I think it is fair to say that this is my radio specialty. In my commutes I listen to music or broadcast radio, but chances are I will also be listening to aeronautical radio. Weird you might say, but I enjoy it. I have been interested in aircraft since my childhood days in the fifties, watching Lancasters and CF-100's operating out of Comox on Vancouver Island. I have been listening to aeronautical radio for several decades and have become very familiar with it, and with the procedures used n air movements. I combine radio listening with live observation out at the local airport, plus I very commonly watch the flights on sites such as www.flightradar24.com and www.planefinder.net that depict aero traffic in real-time and near real-time. I often use Flightaware for aero arrivals and departures at Halifax and elsewhere. For another depiction of flght status, including delays i also use Flightvew Flight Tracker. Flightview does not depict aircraft on a map but it does easly show the previous leg/flight number to help you understand delays a little better. You can find other sites indicating flight status on the web.
My pages focus on Halifax but are useful for others in the Maritimes and elsewhere.
Many enthusiasts have set up on-line aero radio feeds around the world, so you can listen on your computer or phone without having to own a radio receiver. I sometimes listen to a feed from the vicinity of Halifax airport. Click here to access ATC Live's Halifax page. At this page, select CYHZ Del/Gnd/Twr/App and selecting your favoured medium (MP3, Windows Media Player or in your browser). To find other areas enter the appropriate code in the search box at the upper left. I commonly also listen to Moncton Centre remote transmissions from Yarmouth (enter CYQI) and also Boston Center's 133.45 from Cape Cod (enter ZBW)
Listening to high flyers? What does it mean when they report "light chop" or "moderate turbulence"? See the explanation of this kind of comment at this page.
Halifax Airport Frequencies
at a Glance
123.95 Clearance Delivery
Some other local area frequencies of note:
126.2 Shearwater Tower and Advisory
122.8 Stanley & Trenton
118.1 Greenwood Terminal
Halifax Airport Webcams
Public Webcam (from the terminal toward junction of
05/14) and showing de-icing bays.
Sleeping in Airports A fascinating guide to sleeping in airports overnight between flights. Yes, Halifax is in here!
Halifax Airport Watch Group. You might be interested in joining!
Professional quality photos of
aircraft at CYHZ (on the airliners.net website).
[In keywords, type in CYHZ]
LIve Wind and RVR's at Halifax This Nav Canada page shows the wind at CYHZ, indicating the best use runway. Links to other airports too.
The following are mostly my own aero pages with descriptive detail of aero movements from a radio perspective, for the Halifax area but also the surrounding region. Also included is a variety of great external links.
General outline of the Aero Scene in the Halifax area and the Maritimes.
Stanfield Departures: Aircraft Leaving the Halifax Airport Area and Heading Out. Includes my map showing the major initial destinations (waypoints and navaids)
Controlled Airspace and Sectors. Including low level and high level sector maps and frequency charts. This page briefly outlines tower control zones and terminal control areas but mostly focuses on the area control centre sectors and frequencies in this region. This is where you can see which centre frequencies are used where in our region. You need to get a handle on this if you want to listen effectively, or want to watch on the computer. But you may want to read about aero radio first.
Listening to and Observing High-Flying Aircraft Passing over Nova Scotia. This is where you go if you want to know about the multitude of aircraft flying over our area on their way to and from Europe. REQUIRES RE-WRITING.
Observing on Your Computer
Click here for an external webpage listing many American military aero call signs.
Runway designations. What does “Runway 35” really mean? And why did the designations at Halifax change a while back?
Halifax Stanfield International Airport (CYHZ) official website
Other External Reference Links
Airnav.com Get info on airports, navaids, reporting points, etc.
Airportnavfinder is where I go to get info on airports and relationship to navaids and adjacent airports. I use this in my Flight Simulation grand tour of North America.
Nav Canada's Notices to Airmen (NOTAMS)
Rockwell Collins (AIRINC) page
GlobalAir.com an eclectic aero website including aircraft sales and a listing of airspace fixes in the USA
VATCAN Moncton This is one of many sites from around the world established for the benefit of serious flight simulation enthusiasts. This site provides airport maps, along with diagrams of standard approaches and departures at the major airports in the Maritimes, all of which originate in Nav Canada publications and reproduced superbly at the simulator site
Canairradio -- for info on Canadian aero frequencies
Nav Canada's Airport
FAA Site for USA Airport Diagrams and Terminal Procedures (Arrivals and Departures) Search by State
www.planespotters.net (Lists of current and historic aircraft types, deliveries, etc)
NTSB (United States National Transportation Safety Board) reports on incidents. This has reports on all aviation incidents that the NTSB has been involved in since 1962. This includes some incidents outside the USA in which for some reason the NTSB played an official role. Very interesting as it gives more details on accidents and incidents than you would find in the press.
Aviation Safety Network (descriptions & photos of air crashes and incidents)
See current location of Lifeflight air ambulance
MARINE RADIO AND OBSERVATION
In the relatively few times that I actually listen to local marine radio, I mostly use the aero scanners and antennas described at the left.
In the aero column at the left I stated that I am not a pilot, yet I listen to aero radio. In this column I can say that I have been a sailor, at least for a short time, and I was a Communications Officer as a specialty. And yes I do listen to marine radio, but not near as much as I listen to aircraft. In fact my marine interest is mostly a seasonal one that coincides with the cruise ship season (May to October). Just as with aero I combine scanning with at least some actual observation and also with online resources including www.marinetraffic.com and harbour webcams.
Harbour Frequencies at a Glance
Halifax Traffic (inner)
My Specialized Page on VHF and UHF marine radio in our region, and on Halifax Traffic (with a map of the sectors and calling-in points)
During the cruise season I take keen interest in the comings and goings of the cruise liners visiting our region. I follow their movements online at www.marinetraffic.com, but recently I have also been using Cruise Ship Tracker as it clearly shows ship names (not just cruise ships), is easily navigated and has associated cruise ship information and itineraries.
I sometimes also watch for them on the harbour cams listed below as they arrive at Halifax or when they leave, or when in Saint John and Bar Harbor.
Each year the port publishes a cruise ship
schedule for the year. It is found via the official port website at
Port of Halifax. This site also
shows ship movements and berthing information of all kinds, so check here
for freighters and tankers as well as cruise liners. The cruise schedule
shown there is regularly updated to reflect unforeseen changes.
I use the information
as published in the Spring and add details of the ships and their last and
next ports and publish here Please note that for 2019 I have yet to
get around to doing this. In the meantime the official link above
ought to be good enough!
Note that while my schedule has enhanced information, I do not update it through the season. Each year there are cancellations for various reasons, and often also additions that result from heavy weather in the Caribbean area, causing ships to be diverted. A daily check of the official website should show these changes.
During the cruise season I also on occasion go to webcams in other ports in the region:
I have an interest in the ships themselves and at times follow them on line as they move from area to area around the world. For example, many of the ships visiting here in the fall move on to the Caribbean and Bermuda cruise scene in the winter. Here is one of the sites I often use for information on the ships and to see where they are.
of Cruise Ships and where they are in the world right now!
Cruise Critic's Cruise Ship Itineraries. Also
includes Notes on new ships and ships being reconditioned etc.
Like me, you will find the photos and commentary on the following observation and data websites to be very interesting:
Links to Marine Related Websites of Interest
HMCS Restigouche webpage (This is the ship on which I was Communications Officer in the 70's. International Call Letters: CZDE)
Shipspotting.com a worldwide ship photo site
NOAA's Charts of the US Coasts, showing coastal Weatheradio sites and USCG stations. Excellent!
The Ship's List (Historical Records of Fleets and Passenger Lists)
Ships Nostalgia site (Interesting threads on ship and coast radio)
WEATHER, TIME, SPACE, DISTANCE AND RELATED EXTERNAL LINKS
Windyty.com – Cool wind flow map of our area, and more.
NS Weatherbriefing links and shows many weather related sites in the Maritimes. Includes a huge variety of webcams, on the highways and others.
NS Burning Restrictions map (Burnsafe) [in effect only during May to October fire season]
Calculating bearings and distances (Straight line, for radio use)
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 x 2. BCT15. GRE PSR-400. Sporty’s Aviation Interrupt.
Might be others I have forgotten altogether, or at least the model number is forgotten!
What is Scanning? A brief comment for those who arrived here but don't know what scanning is!
Brief Intro to Radio Communications in Nova Scotia
Check for conditions favouring distant reception and is an all round fascinating site: Hepburn's DX Information Centre .
My own list of continuously transmitting stations on VHF-HI in the Maritimes and northern New England. This list, along with a list of FM broadcasters can provide some clues regarding the current DX conditions.
Description of the Maritimes P25 700 MHz Trunked Mobile Radio System
MTMRS frequency matrix, a Marscan exclusive
The following specialty pages require updating but may be of interest
HAM radio pages
Radio on the Net)
RAILWAY frequency list and map
frequency list and map
LIST OF FM BROADCAST STATIONS IN THE MARITIMES AND MAINE. REVISED NOVEMBER 2016.
My broadcast jumpoff page: an intro and links to my AM, FM and TV pages. In general needs some updating.
Fool. Check what TV stations are in range at your location.
TVFool. See what the closest tv stations to you are, with distances and azimuth, and more. Meant as an aid to DTV reception but great for DX'ers. Note that distant reception of American TV signals from the Halifax area is absolutely a fluke and consistent over the air reception is impossible.
Northeast Radio Watch. Scott Fybush's weekly roundup of all happenings in NE USA and in Ontario and east in Canada. Excellent! As of 2011 this site became "by subscription only."
Northwest Broadcasters (AM, FM, TV developments and Lists from the Seattle/Vancouver area) (I am from there, that's why!)
Ontario DX Association. The #1 Canada-oriented shortwave listeners
club, but there may be some AM and VHF info here too.
Worldwide TV-FM DX Association (WTFDA) This is the top club for those interested in TV, FM and related DX'ing...including up to the minute forums on ducting and other skip phenomena)
Digital Home's Digital Forum. Canadian site. I go here mostly for the OTA (Over the Air) reception discussion.
My Miscellaneous Radio Pages:
Canada's VHF Band Plan
historical page on the no-longer-existing
Other Links and Pages. These are placed here for my own convenience and reflect my own quirks of interest and background. Feel free to visit, but they have nothing to do with radio. Note that links to do with my non-scanning aero, marine and rail interests are in the appropriate scanning pages. As of November 2016 I will be slowly expanding this section, as time permits.
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