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

  e-mail me:  marscan1 AT 

Opening page Last updated August 22, 2015
(Subsidiary pages are updated separately)

This site is, as they say, a shell 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 covered elsewhere. 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 radio information and discussion for
practically everywhere, 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!

         News Aug. 16: Bill’s brand new aeronautical high level map and low level map of the Maritimes meant for scanner listeners. These are at temporary pages for now, but will become part of my revised aero pages when I get around to it.

         News Aug. 20: Added locations of peripherals/RCAG’s to notes accompanying the low level map linked above.

         News Aug. 20: Due to the excellent lists available on ScanMaritimes and Radio Reference, and as well, changes in my own interests and focus in life I have decided to remove my content regarding TMR2/PICS2. I have also discontinued coverage of TMR1 due to its imminent demise.

About Bill: I am a radio hobbyist located near Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Although I was involved in naval communications many years ago in an earlier life, my work in the last 4 decades has had nothing to do with radio. I am not an expert in anything! My chief interest in radio is aeronautical, but with some interest as well in public safety, marine and broadcast, especially in how things are organized, and in propagation. I have many other interests as well, some of them quite unusual, such as Orders and Medals, abandoned railways and roads, British royal history and succession, maps and geography, and the list goes on.

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

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

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

(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.flightradar24 (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.) 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


Canadian Airport Weather Cameras   

Nav Canada's Notices to Airmen (NOTAMS)

Transport Canada's North Atlantic Operating Regulations

Rockwell Collins (AIRINC) page 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 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 (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 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! (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


(map of xmtrs in our region & much more)

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)


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



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


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.)


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: (Amateur Radio on the Net)

Webcam view at Qualicum Beach, BC (my hometown)

Straight Line Distances: Calculating bearings and distances

 Distances by road:

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


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.