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

  e-mail me:  marscan1 AT 

Keywords: Nova Scotia, Halifax, scanning, frequencies, TMR, TMR2

Opening page Last updated January 21, 2015
(Subsidiary pages are updated separately)

This is the former Maritimes Scanning Site, that covered Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. As my time available to update has lessened I have removed my New Brunswick and PEI topics due to not being kept in any way current. For information on 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 At present I do not know of any specific New Brunswick scanning site.

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 the TMR, 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!

The Maritimes Scanning Site was featured internationally in the August 2003 edition of Popular Communications


My interests are widespread in radio and beyond. Currently and ongoing my main interest is in aeronautical radio, VHF, and the operation of Nova Scotia’s TMR and TMR2. In aero radio I pair that with actually being interested in the aircraft involved. In the other aspects my interest is pure propagation and reception, especially distant reception, and in the actual organization of the radio systems rather than what is being said on the systems.

This site also occasionally includes links and self-written articles regarding my many non-radio interests such as Orders and Medals, abandoned airfields and railways, and even the preservation of Canadian English!

My Own Pages. The following pages are written by me. Some pages may include links to external pages.

Links I commonly use or recommend (Many are not specifically radio sites).These and other links on this site are presented for my convenience only, but may be of interest to you.

Very Brief Intro to Scanning in Nova Scotia for those who already have some knowledge of scanning

Introduction to Trunked Radio and TMR1 and 2 for those who know very little about radio

The following pages are intended for those who already have some knowledge of trunked radio

Description of the Next Generation TMR2 with site list and system frequencies. This system will fully replace TMR1 by mid to late 2015 and is now operational with some users migrated to it.

Setting up the 396XT/996XT for TMR2, to both scan normally, and easily sleuth for CC reception. Also includes a reception checklist that you can copy and use.
This is a setup guide and does not actually list reception results.

TMR2 reception log. This is where I list reception of TMR2 CC’s from various locations and antennas, by myself and by others like you! It relates to the reception of TMR2 sites, not to the hearing of particular talk groups on those sites. My personal record is 30 sites from Halifax Airport! And essentially I have stopped trying…

TMR1: BELL MOBILITY'S TMR. This is the existing system which will soon become known as the legacy system as it is gradually replaced from now to 2015 by TMR2. Includes non-trunked frequencies associated with the TMR. This system carries almost all provincial government communications plus most of Halifax Regional Municipality, much of the federal government, as well as the RCMP. RCMP communications outside of HRM are now completely encrypted, so that although they are carried by this system they are not listenable. Note that the provincial ambulance and volunteer fire department systems have migrated from this system to TMR2.

Reception of TMR 1 sites from my home.




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



AERONAUTICAL LISTENING PAGES This is my main continuing listening specialty. Several pages re listening to and observing aircraft and understanding what they are talking about. Emphasis on Halifax and surrounding area. Do you listen to aircraft approaching Halifax airport and wonder where all those waypoints like VOKIL, LEROS and URSOD are? Check out my map.



(my list of 2 m rptrs is here)

(map of xmtrs in our region & much more)


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

Halifax Cruise Ship Schedule for 2014, with ship flag, call sign, age, pax, length, tonnage, etc. (The cruise season for 2014 is now over. This page will hopefully be replaced by a similar one in or around April 2015)

Using GMRS radios in an institutional setting



and related topics
The following are documents issued by the PNS PSFC or its individual members for TMR2 user or general public consumption. None of these documents have been provided to me directly by members of PSFC and are not considered to be confidential; however input from PSFC is requested if there are any concerns over including any of these here.

Schedule for migrating vfd’s to TMR2: Round 1 (Southwest), Round 2 revised edition. (E Hants/Cumb/Colch/Pictou), Round 3 revised edition (NE mainland + Cape Breton) [These documents also serve as a list of fire departments in Nova Scotia]

Service Bulletin outlining the need to change the VFD migration schedule (this might come to you as a download to be opened separately)

The province’s official video introducing TMR2 (this is a link to a YouTube video that may or may not be currently available)

Mobile Installation Guide

PSFC official page re training for TMR2, with sector guides.

Article re the Proposed Maritimes Regional Communications Initiative (MRCI) written in 2010 by Terry Canning of the NS Government’s PSFC. While the MRCI did not proceed, some aspects did proceed in the form of Nova Scotia’s TMR2, and others might if NB and PEI come on board. This article also describes Nova Scotia’s legacy systems.


Nova Communications webpage re TMR2.


Halifax weather 

Nova Weather
(a website for meterologists and citizens of Atlantic Canada)

Nova Scotia Highway Cams Weather Bangor, Maine (what’s coming to N.S.)
US National Hurricane Center Canadian Hurricane Centre

smartATLANTIC Herring Cove Buoy


WTFDA Worldwide TV-FM DX Association

NRC National Radio Club (AM Radio DX’ing)

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


Hepburn's DX Information Centre

Radio Scanner Guide

Industry Canada's TAFL , Monthly Changes, click here.

TAFL Regional Lists

Jonathan's TAFL Search with Google Maps

Guides to Maine’s New Statewide System (MSCommNet)

Read how a Motorola Smartzone system like TMR1 works
(Description by Jim Walls K6CCC)

Easier to Read Manual for 396XT

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

Radio Mobile   About the program that allows you to produce radio propagation maps.  Used by "Nick"


See Cruise Ship schedule at top

Shipfax  & Tugfax (Hfx area blogs) (see ship positions local or worldwide)

Halifax Hbr cam Piers 20 to 22 (main cruise ships berths)

The Halifax waterfront from Alderney Gate

Macdonald Bridge and approach from south

The Narrows and McKay Bridge Chebucto Head webcam

Central Harbour east of Georges, showing also Eastern Passage


A/P cam: view from the terminal towards Jct 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   

Aviation Safety Network (descriptions & photos of air crashes and incidents) is 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. GRE PSR-400.

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.