Bill’s Site
[Incorporating the former Maritimes Scanning Site, and commonly known as Marscan]

  e-mail me:  marscan1 AT 

Keywords:  Nova Scotia, Halifax, scanning, frequencies, TMR, TMR2

Last updated November 25, 2014

This is the former Maritimes Scanning Site, that covered Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick.    As my time available to update has lessened I have removed  my New Brunswick and PEI topics due to not being kept in any way current.   For information on Prince Edward Island specifically, go to   For information and discussion re Atlantic Canada radio check out and join in.  For information on all the Maritime provinces and practically everywhere else, go to  At present I do not know of any specific New Brunswick scanning site.

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 interests are widespread in radio and beyond. Currently and ongoing my main interest is in aeronautical radio, VHF, and the operation of Nova Scotia’s TMR and TMR2.   In aero radio I pair that with actually being interested in the aircraft involved. In the other aspects my interest is pure propagation and reception, especially distant reception, and in the actual organization of the radio systems rather than what is being said on the systems.   This site also occasionally includes links and self-written articles regarding my many non-radio interests such as Orders and Medals, abandoned airfields and railways, and even the preservation of Canadian English!

My Own Pages.  The following pages are 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

Description of the Next Generation TMR2 with site list and system frequencies.  This system will fully replace TMR1 by mid to late 2015 and is now operational with some users migrated to it.

The province’s official video introducing TMR2

PSFC official page re training for TMR2, with sector guides.

Nova Communications webpage re TMR2. 

Schedule for migrating vfd’s to TMR2:  Round 1 (Southwest), Round 2 (E Hants/Cumb/Colch/Pictou)

 Setting up the 396XT/996XT for TMR2, to both scan normally , and easily sleuth for CC reception. Also includes a reception checklist that you can copy and use. 
This is a setup guide and does not actually list reception results.

TMR2:  TMR2 reception log.  This is where I list reception of TMR2 CC’s from various locations and 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.

TMR1:  BELL MOBILITY'S TMR.  This is the existing system which will soon become known as the legacy system as it is gradually replaced from now to 2015 by TMR2.  Includes non-trunked frequencies associated with the TMR.  This system carries almost all provincial government communications plus most of Halifax Regional Municipality, much of the federal government, as well as the RCMP.  RCMP communications outside of HRM are now completely encrypted, so that although they are carried by this system they are not listenable.   Note that the provincial ambulance system has migrated from this system to TMR2.

            Reception of TMR 1 sites from my home.

Article 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 Scotia’s TMR2, and others might if NB and PEI come on board.   This article also describes Nova Scotia’s legacy systems.




(Dept lists, with frequencies, and Dispatch Ctrs.)



AERONAUTICAL LISTENING PAGES  This is my main continuing listening specialty. Several pages re listening to and observing aircraft and understanding what they are talking about.  Emphasis on Halifax and surrounding area. Do you listen to aircraft approaching Halifax airport and wonder where all those waypoints like VOKIL, LEROS and URSOD are? Check out my map.




 (my list of 2 m rptrs is here)

(map of xmtrs in our region & much more)

August 2014:  New complete list of FM broadcasters in the Halifax area, including the new community stations.


Canada's Band Plans:   800 MHz  (with specific local use)   VHF 138 174 MHz

Atlas of NS showing TMR and IMRS radio sites 

   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

  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)

Using GMRS radios in an institutional setting




Halifax weather    Nova Scotia Highway Cams
US National Hurricane Center                          Canadian Hurricane Centre

smartATLANTIC Herring Cove Buoy

 Weather Bangor, Maine (what’s coming to N.S.)


WTFDA  Worldwide TV-FM DX Association

NRC  National Radio Club (AM Radio DX’ing)

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


Hepburn's DX Information Centre

Radio Scanner Guide

Industry Canada's TAFL , Monthly Changes, click here. 

TAFL Regional Lists

Jonathan's TAFL Search with Google Maps

Guides to Maine’s New Statewide System (MSCommNet)

Read how a Motorola Smartzone system like the TMR works
(Description by Jim Walls K6CCC)

Easier to Read Manual for 396XT

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

Radio Mobile   About the program that allows you to produce radio propagation maps.  Used by "Nick"


See Cruise Ship schedule at top

Shipfax  & Tugfax  (Hfx area blogs) (see ship positions local or worldwide)

Halifax Hbr cam Piers 20 to 22 (main cruise ships berths)

The Halifax waterfront from Alderney Gate

Macdonald Bridge and approach from south

The Narrows and McKay Bridge   Chebucto Head webcam

Central Harbour east of Georges, showing also Eastern Passage


A/P cam: view from the terminal towards Jct 05 and 14  

See current location of Lifeflight air ambulance (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 USA 

Rockwell Collins (AIRINC) page (Lists of current and historic aircraft types, deliveries, etc)

Professional quality photos  of aircraft at Stanfield Hfx A/P  (on the website)

MISCELLANEOUS LINKS:  (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:

Heavens Above (gives siting opportunities for the ISS and other satellites, etc)




 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

Might be others I have forgotten altogether, or at least the model number is forgotten!


Currrent 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.



My Radio Highlights

  • 1950’s:  As a child heard on our kitchen radio, radiobeacons below the AM broadcast band
  • Early to mid 1960’s:  As a teen, DX’ed the AM broadcast band.  Thrilled to hear transcontinental signals. Listened to international shortwave broadcasting. Heard my name mentioned on Swiss International Radio.  Received QSL cards from Soviet Union and China, at the height of the Cold War.  Began listening to HF utility stations worldwide.    Used various receivers in this period, culminating with the Realistic DX-150A.   All analog tuning.. it wasn’t until the 80’s or later that I had a digital readout communications receiver.
  • First learned Morse code in the Scouts organization.
  • Early 60’s to Mid-70’s:  Specialized in the 2 MHz marine band, especially the US Coast Guard and the British Columbia coast.
  • Summer of 1970:  First listened to VHF public service signals on an all band portable radio and in the next year graduated to a VHF monitor receiver (one frequency at a time, did not scan)
  • Early 1970’s:   Joined the Canadian Navy.  Became a Communications Officer on a destroyer.   Worked daily with NATO codes. Received my first Restricted Radiotelephone Operator’s certificate, starting with Maritime, and later added Land and Aeronautical.
  • Mid-70’s, after leaving the navy, bought my first scanner, a GE Searcher, with 4 channels, each tuned by individual VFO’s.
  • 1978:   Passed the Amateur Radio exam and received the call VE1BWC, since replaced by VE1CY.   Only marginally active as a ham.
  • Late 70’s?: Bought my first programmable scanner, the RS PRO-30 16 channel handheld, and began serious scanning.
  • Late 90’s:   Got my first trunking scanner, the Uniden BC-235XLT
  • Around 2000:  Began the Maritimes Scanning Site, which was at its peak around 2005 or so.