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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 surrounding
amateur radio in the Maritimes, I suggest you go to
For information and discussion re Atlantic
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
Some other local area frequencies of note:
133.95 Moncton Ctr
hi-level (Hfx xmtr)
[for other Moncton Centre frequencies see my specific pages linked below]
122.8 Stanley & Trenton
118.1/120.6 Greenwood Terminal
Halifax Airport Webcams
Public Webcam (from the terminal toward junction of
05/14) and showing de-icing bays. impaired by new construction.
Professional quality photos of
aircraft at CYHZ (on the airliners.net website).
[In keywords, type in CYHZ]
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.
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.
General outline of the Aero Scene in the Halifax area and the Maritimes.
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.
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
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?
Halifax Stanfield International Airport (CYHZ) official website
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.
Nav Canada's Notices to Airmen (NOTAMS)
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
FAA Site for USA Airport Diagrams and Terminal Procedures (Arrivals and Departures) Search by State
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.
Harbour Frequencies at a Glance
Halifax Traffic (inner)
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 Itineraries. Also
includes Notes on new ships and ships being reconditioned etc.
I also check the harbour webcams in our region from time to time. Here are some major relevant cameras:
Like me, you will find the photos and commentary on the following observation and data websites to be very interesting:
Links to Marine Related Websites of Interest
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)
OTHER RADIO TOPICS
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)
RAILWAY frequency list and map for the
frequency list and map for the Maritimes
Open Railway Map, showing current and abandoned railways around the world
Canada's VHF Band Plan
historical page on the no-longer-existing
WEATHER, TIME, SPACE, DISTANCE AND RELATED EXTERNAL LINKS
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.
Property maps of NS.
NS Burning Restrictions map (Burnsafe) [in effect only during May to October fire season]
Calculating bearings and distances (Straight line, for radio use)
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!
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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