16+ Years on the Web
from Halifax

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

Opening page Last updated December 3, 2016
(Subsidiary pages are updated separately)


     Remembering days as a COMM/EW O in Canada's Navy

Nova Scotia



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

This site is now more than fifteen 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 covered elsewhere.      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!

What is Scanning?  A brief comment for those who arrived here but don't know what scanning is!




Click here for a jumpoff page to a group of my pages on observing aircraft at or near Halifax A/P or flying over our region. 
Aircraft listening and casual observation is my main enduring interest.   I generally have the aero band active on the mobile scanner and commonly stop at the airport for actual observation.  My interests include both the local scene and the very busy high level overhead traffic.  I often use these sites:   www.flightradar24.com , planefinder.net and www.flightaware.com . 

Halifax Airport Webcam

Professional quality photos of aircraft at Halifax

Recent addition: My map showing initial waypoints for aircraft departing Halifax. Find out where MOWND and LEXAK are!

New link: Live Wind, Active Runways, RVRs at Halifax Stanfield IAP

Halifax Airport Frequencies at a Glance
(The main ones only. More on my Aero pages.)

123.95 Clearance Delivery
121.9 Ground Control
118.4 Tower
119.2 Terminal
118.7 Terminal VFR
129.25 De Ice for Air Canada and affiliates
122.35 De Ice for Others
129.1 Gateway FBO
123.4 Shell FBO
129.3 Esso FBO

Note that Airport Authority ground operations are on the 700 MHz TMR system (encrypted) and most airline ground operations are on a 400 MHz MotoTrbo system.



Click here for my marine pages focusing on the Halifax area.


The 2016 Cruise Season ended on October 29 with the departure of the Serenade of the Seas.  My own marine listening has gone into its winter lull, but check my pages detailing the frequencies you need to know, and the on-line aids to help in your ship scanning and observation.   Expect my next year's enhanced Halifax cruise ship schedule to be posted here in April.




Harbour Frequencies at a Glance
(The main ones only. More on my Marine pages.)

156.6 Halifax Traffic (inner)
156.7 Halifax Traffic (outer)
156.8 Callling and Emergency
156.5 QHM (Naval Dockyard)
156.4 (Secondary Naval Movements)
156.3 Intership Primary
156.35 Tug Working
161.75 Halifax Pilots







Halifax Weather {Environment Canada]
Halifax Weather [The Weather Network]

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.

 Bangor Weather,
Canadian Hurricane Centre
US National Hurricane Center  
Nova Scotia Highway Cams
Nova Weather

Salt Lake City Weather
Nanaimo Weather

Orlando Weather

My Weather Radio Page  

NS Burning Restrictions map (Burnsafe) [in effect only during May to October fire season]

Sunrise, Sunset, Day Length in Halifax

Time, Time Zones,Calendars

 Canada Tide Tables

Heavens Above
(Star Chart, Satellite Passes, etc.)

Astronomical Events for 2017

Seeing the Best Meteor Showers 2016

(Road distances Canada/USA)

Calculating bearings and distances (Straight line, for radio use)

Map of Cell phone towers in Canada


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

DX:  I am interested in distant reception in the VHF and UHF bands generally, whether it be FMBC, TV, Public Safety or Marine.  
This site is a good indicator of conditions: 
Hepburn's DX Information Centre .  

Click here for a page I compiled 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

What is Trunked Radio?  (under construction)

The following specialty pages require updating but may be of interest





Public Safety, Broadcasting, etc.

My historical page on the no-longer-existing Nova Scotia RCMP VHF Network. 




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.

Line of Succession to the Briitsh/Canadian Throne

OMRS - The Orders and Medals Researh Society

Canadian and Associated Medals and Decorations (post-Korea)  
Town of Qualicum Beach, BC (my hometown)   Canadian Medals and Decorations (Korea and before)