Bill’s Site
On the Web from Halifax since the last century
[Formerly the Maritimes Scanning Site, and commonly known as Marscan]

Opening page Last updated January 12, 2020
(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

This is the former Maritimes Scanning Site, established in 1999. In the past this was the leading radio enthusiast site in the Maritimes and, during its heyday, was featured internationally in Popular Communications. It has morphed over recent years into a low-key personal site retaining some specialty radio topics, and now including some of my other interests. Outside of my extensive aeronautical radio section it mostly serves as a convenient spot for me to easily access and manage my links. If you notice errors or can supply updates, please contact me by email:

Most of the following links are internal to reach jump-off pages to specific sub-topics. A few external links are included in the boxes as I access them daily. I do welcome comments and corrections re my own pages. Please contact me

For information and discussion re Atlantic Canada radio in general check out      For information surrounding amateur radio in the Maritimes, I suggest you go to

Hey I know my site is old-school, cluttered, and not very flashy, but it works for me.      About Bill

 Halifax Weather {Environment Canada]    Hepburn's DX Information Centre Search TAFL   Official Spectrum Direct Page

Orlando Weather     Anaheim Weather   Palm Springs Weather


My everyday aero links:  Flightradar24   Flightaware  Planefinder  YHZ Live Conditions  Public Webcam


Includes NEW page Dec 2019 re Shearwater and surrounding Halifax helipads, plus Porters Lake.

My aero pages include exclusive frequency lists and descriptions of Halifax area airports, as well as all the facets of controlled airspace, focusing on the Moncton Centre area.   Also includes many relevant links to external pages. I have been listening to aeronautical radio for several decades and have become very familiar with it, and with the procedures used in air movements.  I combine radio listening with occasional live observation out at the local airport, plus I very commonly watch flights on-line. My pages focus on Halifax but are useful for others in the Maritimes and elsewhere.  


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 website that shows ship positions and more.  I also check out the views on the webcams listed below.

CLICK  HERE to access my marine pages and links

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


I began my radio hobby by listening for distant AM radio stations back in the 60's.  Click here for my broadcast jumpoff page which has pages of my own plus several links of interest.  

Recent Decisions from the CRTC

Regional and Provincial Networks including
The Maritimes Trunked Mobile Radio System, Click here

MTMRS pages are technically-oriented, focusing on the network itself.  I do not in any way list or identify talkgroups or radios.   I do include historical info on predecessor provincial networks.

FUTURE PAGE:   Canadian English.   Sure I know that you cannot effectively legislate language, and sure I like the USA and love visiting there, but I feel strongly that we need to preserve our unique Canadian brand of English spelling and pronunciation.  Please do not say "Zee" around me!   This will be a page for my rants on this topic

FUTURE PAGE:   The Canadian and British Monarchy, and the British nobility, baronetage and knightage.  Canadian and British Orders, Decorations and Medals.  I have a peculiar fascination with all of this.   For example, who is 15th in line for the throne?   Who came after Edward II when he was deposed and murdered in 1327?   Who ranks higher, a marquess or an earl?   What are the Baronets of Nova Scotia.   This page will be all about these topics and more.   For now here are some related links:   
Line of Succession to the Briitsh/Canadian Throne     
Canadian and Associated Medals and Decorations (post-Korea)    
Canadian Medals and Decorations (Korea and before) 
OMRS - The Orders and Medals Research Society


Click here to link to my pages and external links re other radio, including amateur radio, Halifax Transit, railways, weather radio, Call letters, Q-codes and ten-codes, and More.    Map of Cell phone towers in Canada   



Interactive Time Zone Map

Sunrise, Sunset, Day Length in Halifax

Time, Time Zones,Calendars

 Canada Tide Tables 

Halifax Weather {Environment Canada]
Halifax Weather [The Weather Network]
NS Weatherbriefing
Aurora 30 minute forecast

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

NS Burning Restrictions (Burnsafe)

and other nature

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

Sky & Telescope

EarthSky: Updates on Your Cosmos and World

Sky News (Canadian Astronomy)


Viewpoint. Property maps of NS.

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


Arcamax Daily Comics Archive

"Betty" Comicstrip Archive

my hobby and personal links page

Town of Qualicum Beach, BC (my hometown)


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!