Bill’s Site
[Formerly the Maritimes Scanning Site]

Opening page Last updated July 22, 2021 (Subsidiary pages are updated separately)
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Hey I know my site is old-school, cluttered, and not very flashy, but it works for me.      About Bill

My most-used links:
Halifax Weather     Flightradar24   Flightaware  Planefinder   ADS-B Exchange   YHZ Live Conditions  YHZ Public Webcam  
NS Weatherbriefing     
Hepburn's DX Information Centre    Search TAFL    Official Spectrum Direct Page    Canadian Licence Plate Collectors Facebook  
Preston & Child Wiki Fandom   Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan Universe (Ryanverse) Wiki

This site began in 1999 as a radio listening page covering Nova Scotia and the wider region.
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 and to show some of my collectibles..
My radio specialty is the VHF civil aero band.  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.  

My licence plate pages

My Aeronautical Radio Pages
Frequencies, Charts, Explanations and More


Other Radio Pages
Marine, Public Safety and More

For now, see below (bottom of this page)

For radio information and discussion in general check out It includes an Atlantic Canada section.     For information surrounding amateur radio in the Maritimes, I suggest you go to

My QSL Collection
A Blast from the Past: A Selection of my Radio Reception Verifications from the 60's and 70's

under construction


These are updated only as necessary, therefore some may not be current or functioning.

Interactive Time Zone Map

Sunrise, Sunset, Day Length in Halifax

Time, Time Zones,Calendars

Ryan's Local and World 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)



In the future these will be on a separate page


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.    
Cancelled CRUISE SHIP SCHEDULE 2020 (more details than in the official list) [This has been retained so you can see what was going to be happening and just how much was lost due to the global pandemic]  As of December 2020 there was no word re a possible cruise season for 2021 but it does seem very unlikely.

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  (in the URL change the year to get the one you want)

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.



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   


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!