[Incorporating the former Maritimes Scanning Site, and commonly known as Marscan]
e-mail me: marscan1 AT gmail.com
Opening page Last updated February 27, 2015
(Subsidiary pages are updated separately)
This is the former Maritimes Scanning Site,
that covered in detail
Much of what is left here is for my own convenience, to cater to my many other interests, but you of course are welcome to read these pages, and use the links. My thanks to the many contributors over the years, some of you very major back in the formative years and some in the later ones... you know who you are, and as well those who contributed once or a few times. I have heard from some of you that this site was what really got you going in scanning back when we were still trying to figure out the TMR, and in the years since. I am very pleased to hear that the site was of some use and inspiration to you. It was a pleasure!
The Maritimes Scanning Site was featured internationally in the August 2003 edition of Popular Communications
My subsidiary pages, written by me. Some pages may include links to external pages.
Links I commonly use or recommend (Many are not specifically radio sites).These and other links on this site are presented for my convenience only, but may be of interest to you.
Very Brief Intro to Scanning in Nova Scotia for those who already have some knowledge of scanning
Introduction to Trunked Radio and TMR1 and 2 for those who know very little about radio
The following pages are intended for those who already have some knowledge of trunked radio
Scotia’s Next Generation TMR2:
description, site list and system frequencies. This system is expected to in the future
also extend into and cover
Please note that I currently do not provide lists of Talk Groups for either TMR1 or 2. Due to the ongoing determination of TMR2 talk groups I find that I cannot ensure an up-to-date list and therefore I recommend that you consult lists posted at Radioreference and ScanMaritimes (for the latter, you may be required to sign in at ScanMaritimes, and therefore be a member)
Setting up the 396XT/996XT for
TMR2, including a reception checklist that you can copy and use.
TMR2 reception log. When the TMR2 first came on line the first priority for me
was to figure out what sites I could receive from various locations. Now that the system is actually operational
most of us have settled on a few sites but this section may still be of some
interest. This is where I list reception of TMR2 CC’s
from various locations and with different antennas, by myself and by others
like you! It relates to the reception of TMR2 sites, not to the hearing of
particular talk groups on those sites. My personal record is 30
associated with TMR1 and TMR2. A number of 800 MHz simplex and
conventional repeater frequencies are associated with TMR1 and for the most
part are also being similarly installed in the 700 MHz TMR2 radios. In other words the TMR2 radios will be
both 700 MHz for the trunk itself and 800 MHz for these conventional
channels. As in TMR1, users move
seamlessly between trunk and conventional channels as the
TMR1: BELL MOBILITY'S TMR. This is
the year 2000 system being gradually replaced by TMR2 and will most likely
cease to exist later in 2015.
This system carried almost all provincial government communications
plus most of
BILL’S RADIO PAGES NOT DEALING SPECIFICALLY WITH THE NOVA SCOTIA TRUNK:
NOVA SCOTIA FIRE (revised Dec 29/14)
LISTENING PAGES Yes, I know that most of you like
to listen to emergency services on the scanner but aeronautical is my own
main continuing listening specialty. Here you will find several pages re
listening to and observing aircraft and understanding what the pilots and
controllers are talking about. Emphasis
MARITIMES RAILWAYS (not updated in a
very long time, but not much changes!)
BROADCAST LISTENING PAGES TV, FM, AM
Atlas of NS showing TMR1 and IMRS radio sites
Halifax Cruise Ship Schedule for 2014, with ship flag, call sign, age, pax, length, tonnage, etc. (The cruise season for 2014 is now over. This page will hopefully be replaced by a similar one in or around April 2015)
OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS RELATING TO TMR2
Schedule for migrating vfd’s
to TMR2: Round 1 (Southwest),
2 revised edition. (E Hants/Cumb/Colch/Pictou),
3 revised edition (NE mainland +
Service Bulletin outlining the need to change the VFD migration schedule (this might come to you as a download to be opened separately)
The province’s official video introducing TMR2 (this is a link to a YouTube video that may or may not be currently available)
PSFC official page re training for TMR2, with sector guides.
re the Proposed Maritimes Regional Communications Initiative (MRCI) written
in 2010 by Terry Canning of the NS Government’s PSFC. While the MRCI did not proceed, some
aspects did proceed in the form of
Nova Communications webpage re TMR2.
WEATHER AND HIGHWAY CAMS
Nova Weather (a website
for meterologists and citizens of Atlantic
TV and BROADCAST RADIO:
NRC National Radio Club (AM Radio DX’ing)
TV Fool. Check what TV stations are in range at your location.
Jonathan's TAFL Search with Google Maps
how a Motorola Smartzone system like TMR1 works
Radio Mobile About the program that allows you to produce radio propagation maps. Used by "Nick"
SHIPS AND MARINE RADIO (INCLUDING HARBOUR CAMS):Â
See Cruise Ship schedule at top
www.marinetraffic.com (see ship positions local or worldwide)
AIRCRAFT AND AERO RADIO:
See current location of Lifeflight air ambulance
www.planefinder.net (see aircraft positions local or worldwide)
Flightaware’s page on activity at Hfx Stanfield A/P
Aviation Safety Network (descriptions & photos of air crashes and incidents)
is an eclectic aero website including aircraft sales and a listing of
airspace fixes in the
Rockwell Collins (AIRINC) page
www.planespotters.net (Lists of current and historic aircraft types, deliveries, etc)
Professional quality photos of aircraft at Stanfield Hfx A/P (on the airliners.net website)
eHAM.net (Amateur Radio on the Net)
Webcam view at Qualicum Beach, BC (my hometown)
Steve Boyko's Cdn Railway Blog
Straight Line Distances: Calculating bearings and distances
Distances by road: distancesonline.com
Heavens Above (gives siting opportunities for the ISS and other satellites, etc)
Â VHF and/or UHF scanners and monitors I have owned (not including transceivers):
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. GRE PSR-400.
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.