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This page is part of the rebuilding of the site, and will gradually be replaced by individual topic jumpoff pages as time goes on.    Note that from the outset, Aero and Marine are linked separately




(Includes my list of 2 m rptrs in the Maritimes and Maine, last updated Feb 18, 2015)



WTFDA  Worldwide TV-FM DX Association   NRC  National Radio Club (AM Radio)  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

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

The overall list of NS fire departments is off-line for reconstruction and will return by the end of November 2015.

Bill’s Miscellaneous Radio Pages:

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


Miscellaneous External Links:  (Amateur Radio on the Net)

Webcam view at Qualicum Beach, BC (my hometown)

Guides to Maine’s New Statewide System (MSCommNet)

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

Radio Scanner Guide



Very briefly about me:   Born and raised in British Columbia.  First remembrance of radio interest was from the mid fifties listening to an aero beacon at 530 kHz and wondering…what is this?   BCB, shortwave broadcast, HF Utility and Marine MF monitoring all through the sixties as a teenager, and sporadically since then.  I was thrilled to first hear transcontinental AM radio in 1963, and to hear my name mentioned on Swiss International Radio, but the 2 MHz marine band was my specialty particularly BC coastal shipping and the US Coast Guard.  First began listening to VHF public service radio around 1968. Joined the navy in the early 70’s, sent to Halifax and became Communications and Electronic Warfare Officer on a destroyer.  While interesting, the naval career did not hold me and by the mid-70’s I had left that and became a high school teacher and later a guidance counsellor, and on the side a driving instructor.  I obtained my Amateur radio licence in 1978 but have never been very active with that.  First programmable scanner around 1980, a PRO-30, and from there began my serious phase of scanning.  Began this site around the year 2000 when NS TMR 1 came in, and it became the go to place for the interchange of information, and expanded to cover the Maritimes, gradually becoming too large to maintain, and by 2010 had begun to shrink and be replaced by more convenient forum sites such as RR and ScanMaritimes.  In a gradual process beginning in 2008 I retired from my career in the public school system but continue to teach driver education part-time.   In the fall of 2015 I entered a brand new career phase with casual employment in radio communications with the provincial government.  With that I have all but withdrawn from the radio hobby, with little time to listen or work on the site, and with work related conflicts of interest.   I never was and never will be an expert in anything, but it has been a very interesting ride so far!  Thanks for visiting….    73 de VE1CY.      By the way when I say I am the former manager of CZDE, that was the international call sign of HMCS Restigouche, the ship in which I was in nominal charge of the radio department, though of course it was the petty officers who really ran it!




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

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.