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VE1CY ex VA1WW
Over the years this website has evolved and downsized to become a place to visit and learn from descriptive articles, and to find links of interest. Many of my links and other material go beyond radio and are here strictly for my convenience in my wide-ranging set of interests, you are of course free to use them as well. I am not responsible for content on any linked page. Please email me marscan1 AT gmail.com with any comments. Please note that descriptive articles are intended for the general radio enthusiast rather than electronics engineers and the like, and therefore may sacrifice detail in favour of general understanding.
Those of you looking for
up-to-the-minute lists and discussions regarding scanning in the Maritimes
should check the following sites:
For information and discussion re Atlantic
For radio information and discussion for
HISTORICAL NOTE: This site is now more than
years old but is now a mere remnant of its former self, which was the Maritimes
Scanning Site or “Marscan”. It was the premier radio website for the
Maritimes and was featured internationally in the August 2003 edition of Popular
Communications. Nowadays it covers just a few topics of
particular interest to myself that are not adequately
AERO SCANNING AND OBSERVATION
Frequency info advisory August 2017: Halifax Terminal has been heard transferring traffic to Greenwood Terminal on 118.1 instead of 120.6. Up to this point 118.1 has been listed as one of the PAR frequencies for Greenwood.
Please note that most of my aero pages were updated or rebuilt in January 2017
Halifax Airport Watch Group. You might be interested in joining!
I have been interested in aircraft since my childhood days watching Lancasters and CF-100's operating out of Comox on Vancouver Island. Now this interest is combined with my radio interest, so that today I guess I am an aeroradio specialist combined with live observation around Halifax plus on-line monitoring using 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. 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. I commonly listen to a feed from the vicinity of Halifax airport. Click here to access ATC Live. At this Halifax page, select the feed you want. I use the one titled: CYHZ Del/Gnd/Twr/App #2 as its quality is excellent! To find other areas enter the appropriate code in the search box at the upper left.
Halifax Airport Frequencies
at a Glance
123.95 Clearance Delivery
126.2 Shearwater Tower and Advisory
Halifax Airport Webcams
Public Webcam (from the terminal toward junction of
05/14) and showing de-icing bays.
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 SCANNING AND OBSERVATION
My marine scanning 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 My Enhanced Halifax Cruise Ship Schedule for 2017 . 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
[Note in September 2016: These
links below have not been checked in some time, and some may be
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)
What is Scanning? A brief comment for those who arrived here but don't know what scanning is!
Brief Intro to Scanning 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 [Site List Revised Oct 14 2017]
MTMRS frequency matrix, a Marscan exclusive LAST REVISED SEPT 21/17
What is Trunked Radio?
What is Trunked Radio? (under construction)
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
I had intended on trying for US tv signals and had installed a UHF/VHF High antenna with amp, but now realize that without something more sophisticated or without constant scanning the channels, I am not going to be successful. It is impossible to achieve consistent over the air TV reception from the USA here in Halifax.
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
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)
Very briefly about me: Born and raised in British Columbia. First remembrance of radio interest was from the mid fifties listening to an aero beacon at 530 kHz just below the bottom of the AM broadcast band, and wondering…what is this? Listened to AM, shortwave broadcast, HF Utility and Marine MF all through the sixties as a teenager, and sporadically since then. I was thrilled to first hear transcontinental AM radio in 1963, and to hear my name mentioned on Swiss International Radio, but the 2 MHz marine band was my specialty particularly BC coastal shipping and the US Coast Guard. First began listening to VHF public service radio around 1968. Joined the navy in the early 70’s, sent to Halifax and eventually became Communications and Electronic Warfare Officer on a destroyer. While interesting, the naval career did not hold me and by the mid-70’s I had left that and became a high school teacher and later a guidance counsellor, and on the side, a driving instructor. I obtained my Amateur radio licence in 1978 but have never been very active with that. My current call is VE1CY. I obtained my first programmable scanner around 1980, a PRO-30, and from there began my serious phase of scanning. Began this site around the year 2000 when NS TMR1 came in, and it became the "go to" place for the interchange of information, and expanded to cover the Maritimes, gradually becoming too large to maintain, and by 2010 had begun to shrink and be replaced by more convenient forum sites such as RR and ScanMaritimes. In a gradual process beginning in 2008 I retired from my career in the public school system but continue to teach driver education part-time. In the fall of 2015 I entered a brand new career phase with employment in radio communications with the provincial government. I am privileged now to use TMR2 all day on multiple talk groups while at work. With that I have more or less withdrawn from some aspects of the radio hobby, Outside of aero listening, my main focus in radio is distant and unusual reception and organizational analysis. I never was and never will be an expert in anything, but it has been a very interesting ride so far! Thanks for visiting…. 73 de VE1CY.
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!
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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