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

  e-mail me:  marscan1 AT 

Opening page Last updated June 12, 2015
(Subsidiary pages are updated separately)

This is the former Maritimes Scanning Site, which was featured internationally in the August 2003 edition of Popular Communications. It formerly covered in detail Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, but has been scaled back to concentrate on a few areas of interest to myself, and concentrating on Nova Scotiia. This site no longer contains information on the use of TMR2 but does outline the system itself. Those with interests in radio in the Maritimes should check out these sites:
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

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 TMR1, 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!

Bill’s own pages. Some may include links to external pages.

Links to Favourite External Pages. Clicking on any of these will take you out of this site.


Very Brief Intro to Scanning in Nova Scotia for those who already have some knowledge of scanning, but not of the NS scenario.

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.


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.

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

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

(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)



Public Safety Scanning

Please note that although this website does provide information on the TMR2 system itself (sites, etc.) it no longer provides information on talk groups or on specific PNS and EHS organization and radio usage.

The Maritimes’ Next Generation TMR2: description, site list and system frequencies. This system is in place in Nova Scotia and now expanding into Prince Edward Island. It may be complemented in the farther future by a linked similar system in New Brunswick. Revised in June 2015.

Reception Checklist for TMR2 Printable. Shows sites in frequency groupings. Also includes guidelines for setting up your Uniden scanner for TMR2. This page is revised in April 2015 to incorporate PEI information.

Non-trunked frequencies associated with TMR2. A number of 800 MHz simplex and conventional repeater frequencies are associated with TMR2. Users move seamlessly between trunk and conventional channels as the need arises.
Last updated Feb 17/15 and requires a few changes.

TMR1: BELL MOBILITY'S NSTMR. 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. This article is fast becoming entirely historical in nature.


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

Using GMRS radios in an institutional setting




Halifax weather Bangor Weather, (what’s coming here)
US National Hurricane Center    Canadian Hurricane Centre
Nova Scotia Highway Cams Nova Weather (a website for meterologists and citizens of Atlantic Canada)


WTFDA Worldwide TV-FM DX Association NRC National Radio Club (AM Radio) 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 In General:

Hepburn's DX Information Centre Radio Scanner Guide

Industry Canada's Spectrum Direct , TAFL Regional Lists

Jonathan's TAFL Search with Google Maps

Guides to Maine’s New Statewide System (MSCommNet)

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


Shipfax  & Tugfax , Halifax Shipping News (Hfx area blogs) (see ship positions)
Cruise Ship Webcams. Some cruise ships have webcams…watch from the perspective of a passenger or the captain!

Local Harbour Webcams Piers 20 to 22 (main cruise ships berths)

Halifax waterfront from Alderney Gate Macdonald Bridge area from south

The Narrows and McKay Bridge Chebucto Head webcam

Central Harbour east of Georges, showing Eastern Passage


A/P cam: view from the terminal towards Jct Runways 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  Arrivals, Departures (Recent and Upcoming) Includes general aviation.  

Aviation Safety Network (descriptions & photos of air crashes and incidents) 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. BCT15. GRE PSR-400. Sporty’s Aviation Interrupt.

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.