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

Opening page Last updated November 12, 2019
(Subsidiary pages are updated separately)

I am not responsible for content in any linked pages.   I do welcome comments and corrections re my own pages. Please contact me    marscan1ATgmail.com

     
On the Web since the last century
from Halifax, Nova Scotia

Bill is VE1CY (formerly VA1WW)
     

 

You have accessed what was once the "go-to site" for scanning enthusiasts in Atlantic Canada.  The site was established around the original implementation of TMR in and around 2000.  In the early days this site was featured internationally in the August 2003 edition of Monitoring Times! Since the implementation of the area-wide TMR system and its maturity and associated encryption the active interest in radio communications monitoring has dramatically lessened.  In years gone by there was much "figuring out" that is now accomplished.  Couple that with my own change in circumstances beginning in 2015 which saw me become a government employee in the communications sector, and the result is that this site is now just a shadow of its former self.   I myself use TMR as the central feature of my work life, but I only rarely listen to it on my own time. Now I specialize in my favorite niche interest which is aero monitoring, with a smattering of other radio topics.   To a great extent this site is now just as much a convenient link page for my own use, though of course you are welcome to click on the links as well.  You will find that my links go with my interests that are geographical, astronomical and historical as well as radio-oriented.

 

For information and discussion re Atlantic Canada radio in general check out
www.radioreference.com      For information surrounding amateur radio in the Maritimes, I suggest you go to www.Atlanticamateur.ca

 

Hey I know my site is old-school and not very flashy, but it works for me.  As of October 2019 I am revamping the structure of what you see below.


 

AERONAUTICAL RADIO AND OBSERVATION

  I have been listening to aeronautical radio for several decades and have become very familiar with it, and with the procedures used n air movements.  I combine radio listening with occasional live observation out at the local airport, plus I very commonly watch the flights on 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.

Supplement your observations with on-line feeds of aero communications from places that are out of range of your home location.  The prime page for this is ATC Live.  Click here to access ATC Live's Halifax page. At this page, select CYHZ Del/Gnd/Twr/App   To find other areas enter the appropriate code in the search box at the upper left.  I commonly also listen to Moncton Centre remote transmissions from Yarmouth (enter CYQI) and also Boston Center's 133.45 from Cape Cod (enter ZBW)

Halifax Airport & Shearwater VHF Frequencies at a Glance
(More frequencies, including UHF and regional ones are on my pages linked below.)

ATC

121.0 Halifax ATIS
123.95 Hfx Clearance Delivery
121.9 Hfx Ground Control
118.4 Hfx Tower   
 119.2 Terminal
118.7 Terminal VFR
128.55 Arrival (rarely used)
129.175 Shearwater ATIS
121.7 Shearwater Ground
126.2 Shearwater Tower/Advisory
134.1 Shearwater Radar


123.275 Halifax Rsdio

DE-ICE (Seasonal)
Three providers share the 4 de-ice pads, and each have contracts with various aircraft owners.  The owners shown in brackets are not complete lists.  Corporate and other smaller aircraft are deiced at the FBO's.

129.25 Chorus Aviation De Ice (Air Canada family) 
122.35 Swissport De Ice (Westjet)
122.95 Inland Tech De Ice (Porter, Fedex)) 

FBO's

129.1 Gateway FBO 
123.4 Shell Innotech FBO
129.3 Esso Avitat FBO

AIRLINE SUPPORT


130.8 Air Canada Ops
130.175 Air Canada STOC
130.375 Air Canada LOAD
128.9 Jazz Ops
129.375 Jazz Maintenance
131.275 Westjet Ops

130.65 Swissport (United/Transat)
129.475 Strategic Aviation
(Sunwing & Flair)
131.925 Morningstar (Fedex)
131.875 Cargojet
130.075 Air St Pierre Ops

Some other local area frequencies of note:

 133.95 Moncton Ctr hi-level (Hfx xmtr)
135.3 Moncton Ctr lo-level (Hfx xmtr)

[for other Moncton Centre frequencies see my specific pages linked below]

122.8 Stanley & Trenton Unicom
123.0 Debert Unicom

118.1/120.6 Greenwood Terminal

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Halifax Airport Webcams

 Public Webcam (from the terminal toward junction of 05/14) and showing de-icing bays. impaired by new construction.

HSIA Weather webcams, from the tower (slow refresh rate)
NW Webcam (Taxiway D and intrsctn 05/14) 
NE Webcam (Taxiways D & M, end of 14/32) SW Webcam (Distant view of A/P south end)

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Professional quality photos of aircraft at CYHZ  (on the airliners.net website). [In keywords, type in CYHZ]
Most of these are taken by fellow members of the Halifax Airport Watch group.  You won't find any from me as I am not a photographer like these guys!

Ive 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 remaining topics and links shown below are about to be moved to a jump-off page in order to clear space here on the opening page.

Sleeping in Airports A fascinating guide to sleeping in airports overnight between flights. Yes, Halifax is in here!

   Halifax Airport Watch Group.  You might be interested in joining!

Listening to high flyers?  What does it mean when they report "light chop" or "moderate turbulence"?  See the explanation of this kind of comment at this page.

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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.

Aero Radio  
   
Intro to Aero Radio Bands and Aero Frequency List for the Maritimes. revised August 2015.

   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

 

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

At the Airport: Halifax Stanfield Info including Observation areas, Frequencies, Photos

 Stanfield:  Flight Plan, Taxi, Takeoff

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.

Arrivals:  Observing and Listening to Aircraft Approaching Halifax for Landing, includes maps and info re approach points, and frequency list re liaison with FBO or company

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
 
(with FlightAware, planefinder, etc.)    REQUIRES RE-WRITING

U.S. Military Aerial Refueling over Nova Scotia 

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? 

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Official Airport Sites of Interest

Halifax Stanfield International Airport (CYHZ) official website

Charlottetown Airport     Moncton Airport    
 
Fredericton Airport     Yarmouth airport         Sydney airport    Saint John airport  Bangor International Airport

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.

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

 

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 OBSERVATION

This is a secondary radio interest for me, even though I used to be in the navy and in fact was a Communications Officer.  Nowadays I occasionally listen to the goings-on in Halifax harbour, and pay some attention to cruise ships.   I combine my radio listening with use of the www.marinetraffic.com website that shows ship positions and more.  I also check out the views on the webcams listed below.

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

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

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)

 Despite my naval background I am most interested in cruise ships. I use the official cruise ship schedule included at Port of Halifax.   Some years I post an expanded schedule showing information about the ships.   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. List of Cruise Ships and where they are in the world right now!  

Cruise Critic's Cruise Ship ItinerariesAlso includes Notes on new ships and ships being reconditioned etc.

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

Click here for sailwx Or go to www.CruiseCal.com   Presented in two different formats.

I also check the harbour webcams in our region from time to time.  Here are some major relevant cameras:

Piers 20 to 22 (main cruise ships berths)

Halifax waterfront from Alderney Gate

The Narrows and McKay Bridge

Saint John Harbour Webcam  

Saint John Hbr Webcam 3

 

Macdonald Bridge area from south

Chebucto Head webcam

Central Harbour east of Georges, showing Eastern Passage

Saint John Harbour CBC Webcam  


Halifax
is of course a major port in the Canadian context but is dwarfed by many other world ports, including our biggest Pacific port of Vancouver.   It is quite interesting however with its steady flow of container ships, auto carriers, tankers, cruise ships and offshore support vessels, as well as our own navy and coast guard fleet, and occasional foreign military vessels.   

Like me, you will find the photos and commentary on the following observation and data websites to be very interesting:

 

Shipfax

 

Tugfax

 

Cap'n Ken's Blog

 

Halifax Shipping News

 

Seawaves


       

Links to Marine Related Websites of Interest

Notices to Shipping for the Maritimes

 

Radio Aids to Marine Navigation (Atlantic)

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)

 Fond BC memories for me:  BC's Lighthouses    CPR's BC Coast Steamships.   BC Tugs forum  
West Coast Ferries Forum   
Tugboat Photo Site
    Evergreen Fleet (Ferries of Puget Sound and BC Coast)

 

 

 

OTHER RADIO TOPICS

Search TAFL

Official Spectrum Direct Page

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  

MTMRS frequency matrix, a Marscan exclusive  

HAM radio pages

eHAM.net  (Amateur Radio on the Net)

Radio Amateurs of Canada - RAC

My Weather Radio Page  

RAILWAY frequency list and map for the Maritimes

Open Railway Map, showing current and abandoned railways around the world

HFX TRANSIT

Recent Decisions from the CRTC

OTHER SERVICES  
 

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

 

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

 

 

WEATHER, TIME, SPACE, DISTANCE AND RELATED EXTERNAL LINKS 

Interactive Time Zone Map

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.

 

Aurora 30 minute forecast

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

 


Link to online topographic maps, aerial photos and other map types.

Viewpoint. Property maps of NS.
 

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.)

distancesonline.com
(Road distances Canada/USA)

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

Map of Cell phone towers in Canada

 

MISCL LINKS

Arcamax Daily Comics Archive

"Betty" Comicstrip Archive

my hobby and personal links page

army.ca

QRZ.com

 

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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 x 2. BCT15.   GRE PSR-400.  Sporty’s Aviation Interrupt.

Might be others I have forgotten altogether, or at least the model number is forgotten!

 

 

 

 

 

BROADCAST PAGES

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.

  TV 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. Note that distant reception of American TV signals from the Halifax area is absolutely a fluke and consistent over the air reception is impossible.

 

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."

Recent Broadcast Decisions from the CRTC

Radio West Broadcast lists and history for Western Canada

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.

National Radio Club. Perhaps the premer organization dedicated to the hobby of monitoring and dx'ing the AM broadcast band

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.

FM Reception Guide

 

   

 

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)  

 

     
       
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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