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

  e-mail me:  marscan1 AT gmail.com 

Opening page Last updated January 24, 2016
(Subsidiary pages are updated separately)

This site is a 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.    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!   In the fall of 2015  A career change brought a conflict of interest that has led me to remove all or most of my coverage of the Maritimes TMR system and its users which for most scanner listeners in this area is the main topic of interest.  I expect to continue, for the time being, with my coverage of Aero and other transportation radio, and with selected other radio topics.  This site also serves to hold links that are relevant to me in my many other areas of interest, and you of course are welcome to use these.     

Those with interests in radio in the Maritimes should check out these sites: 

For
Prince Edward Island specifically, go to www.Scanpei.net  
For information and discussion re Atlantic Canada radio in general check out
www.scanmaritimes.com and join in.
 For radio information and discussion for
practically everywhere, go to www.radioreference.com

Pages of Interest.   Links to external pages are shown in italics.  Marscan is not responsible for any content found in pages outside this site.   Other external links might be found within my individual pages

WEATHER

Halifax weather from Environment Canada.        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)

WEATHER AND WEATHERADIO PAGES
(map of xmtrs in our region & much more)  Note that in Dec 2015 several of the xmtrs have changed frequency and new ones have been added.  This section requires updating.


SCANNING IN GENERAL

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

Hepburn's DX Information Centre  daylight.com 

Industry Canada's  Spectrum Direct ,  TAFL Regional Lists    Jonathan's TAFL Search with Google Maps

AERONAUTICAL

 
(Including aero listening and web-based monitoring, and flight simulation) This group of pages relates to my enduring interest in listening to aircraft radio and observing aircraft at the airport, flying overhead locally or trans-Atlantic, and on the computer screen.  We are very fortunate in the Maritimes to have an abundant mix of air activity on an abundant daily basis.  These pages will tell you all about it.  Start at my jump-off page and go from there.  THESE PAGES ARE IN GENERAL UNDER RECONSTRUCTION IN AUGUST 2015. 

   New high level map and notes for Moncton Centre and surrounding area. Temporary page.

New low level map and brief notes for Moncton Centre and surrounding area. Temporary page

General outline of the Aero Scene in the Halifax area and the Maritimes.

Aero Radio  
   
Aero Radio Bands and An Aero Frequency List for the Maritimes. Notes revised August 2015.

Controlled Airspace and Sectors.  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.  Revised August 2015

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.

Stanfield International: Listening and Watching   Essentially this is your guide to low-level flights and how they work, but centers on theHalifax Airport. This gives the lowdown on what is there, where to go, what the frequencies are, and the whole cycle of aircraft movements beginning with pushback at the terminal, to the time the aircraft goes out of range of your scanner several hundred miles away, and again as aircraft arrive, make their approach, and eventually taxi to the gate.  A comprehensive guide.  REQUIRES RE-WRITING.

   Identifying Places
Codes and Abbreviations for Airports, Radio Aids and Reporting Points.
Revised August 21, 2015

Identifying Aircraft
Guide to Aircraft Registration Marks, Call Signs and Airline Codes

Observing on Your Computer
 (with FlightAware, planefinder, etc.)    REQUIRES RE-WRITING

U.S. Military Aerial Refueling over Nova Scotia 

Runway designations.   What does “Runway 35” really mean?   And why did the designations at Halifax change a while back? 


AERO EXTERNAL PAGES

 

www.planefinder.net  www.flightradar24  www.flightaware.com (see aircraft positions local or worldwide, use in conjunction with radio monitoring.  Each has its own strong points and additional features.  Flightaware is in my opinion the best for listing what is going on at specific airports.  I like the other two for depictions of what is going on in the air.)

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.

VFRMAP - Digital Aeronautical Charts

SkyVector: Flight Planning / Aeronautical Charts

        www. aviation.ca

Canadian Airport Weather Cameras   

Nav Canada's Notices to Airmen (NOTAMS)

Transport Canada's North Atlantic Operating Regulations

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

Official airport sites: Charlottetown Airport     Moncton Airport   
 Fredericton Airport    
Yarmouth airport         Sydney airport    Saint John airport  Bangor International Airport

 

 

Halifax Stanfield International Airport (CYHZ) official website

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

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

 Professional quality
photos of aircraft at CYHZ  (on the airliners.net website)

Canairradio   -- for info on Canadian aero frequencies

Nav Canada's Airport Diagram Site
This page will also link to Nav Canada’s chart sales if you want the real thing, 

FAA Site for USA Airport Diagrams and Terminal Procedures (Arrivals and Departures) Search by State

Milcom Monitoring Blogspot 

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 SHIP OBSERVATION

MARINE LISTENING PAGES  This is an occasional interest of mine.  Check here for information on the Marine VHF band and its usage in our area. Not often updated.

  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.

 

Shipfax  & Tugfax ,  Halifax Shipping News (Hfx area blogs)

Cruise Ship Webcams.  Some cruise ships have webcams…watch from the perspective of a passenger or the captain!

 

www.marinetraffic.com (see ship positions)

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


OTHER SCANNING AND RADIO LISTENING

 

MARITIMES RAILWAYS I admit that I hardly ever listen in on trains anymore. This is essentially a static page from the past that has not been updated in quite a while.

Steve Boyko's Cdn Railway Blog

 

 

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

MY BROADCAST LISTENING PAGES  TV, FM, AM

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

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

The overall list of NS fire departments is off-line for reconstruction and will return by the end of November 2015.

Bill’s Miscellaneous Radio Pages:

Canada's VHF Band Plan

   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

 

Miscellaneous External Links:

eHAM.net  (Amateur Radio on the Net)

Webcam view at Qualicum Beach, BC (my hometown)

Straight Line Distances: Calculating bearings and distances

 Distances by road: distancesonline.com

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

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. 

Radio Scanner Guide

 

 

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 and wondering…what is this?   BCB, shortwave broadcast, HF Utility and Marine MF monitoring all through the sixties as a teenager, and sporadically since then.  I was thrilled to first hear transcontinental AM radio in 1963, and on shortwave 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 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.  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 TMR 1 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 casual employment in radio communications with the provincial government.  With that I have all but withdrawn from the radio hobby and from this site, with little time to listen or work on the site, and with work related conflicts of interest.   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.      By the way when I say I am the former manager of CZDE, that was the international call sign of HMCS Restigouche, the ship in which I was in nominal charge of the radio department, though of course it was the petty officers who really ran it!

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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