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 on: July 22, 2015, 09:37:59 PM 
Started by notaperfectpilot - Last post by notaperfectpilot
happened early this morning, at the moment, no fatalities.


Clip has BOTH towers in it, north tower feed in in the left channel, and south tower feed in in the right channel.

 on: July 22, 2015, 04:26:17 PM 
Started by EXCOMPO - Last post by EXCOMPO

 on: July 22, 2015, 01:38:52 PM 
Started by CYYZGUY - Last post by tyketto
Two years later (since the original posting), I'd love to have those antennas on my roof. IN today's day 'n' age, that would make for stereo surround sound ATC. wink

As long as you don't ever shout out 'Shazam!' or 'By the Power of Grayskull!', you'll be all right. Wink


 on: July 22, 2015, 06:38:40 AM 
Started by Jonathank - Last post by Jonathank
I painted the room green for chromakey webcasting on the side, but moved that aspect to my basement due to the window and sunlight.  That room is the only room large enough to fit all of my equipment and get the best reception.

 on: July 22, 2015, 06:36:42 AM 
Started by 777lrf - Last post by Jonathank
Well before launching my scanners on LIVE ATC, I used to use digital voice recorders for my Timmins FSS and Toronto feeds and listen to about 3-6 hours of "already edited" conversations, just to tune in to stuck mics, misunderstandings, funny conversations, incidents, etc.  Now that LIVE ATC records 45 days of archives, I can go back by date/time and retrieve a sound file.

These Montreal high level sector controllers must rotate their shifts every hour.  I still wonder if they  staff up to 3 controllers to cover Timmins/Moose/Rouyn, another for the NW section and a 3rd body for the the North and eastern sectors. 

One Toronto centre controller told me some ten years ago that when 3 controllers are on duty, they'll work for example, the Timmins-Moosonee low sector for 90 minutes, take a 45 minute break and switch to Sudbury/North Bay.  Or, if they are staff with 4 controllers, they work the same airspace for one hour on and off. 

Nonetheless, my high level sector coverage interests a lot of you listeners.  Great to hear the hand-offs with nearby high level sectors and get PIREPS of significant weather.  Not to mention, I kept a few frequencies open in scan mode where you can only hear the pilot, to break up the silence between transmissions.

 on: July 21, 2015, 11:55:52 PM 
Started by Jonathank - Last post by Brad G.
You know, painter's tape is an amazing invention...  grin

 on: July 21, 2015, 11:46:55 PM 
Started by maredzki - Last post by Brad G.
Surprised no one on frequency responded with "Take care of your pilots" ...

 on: July 21, 2015, 10:34:07 PM 
Started by 777lrf - Last post by JetScan1
Thanks for tuning in to my feed.

Thanks for providing that Montreal Center feed from Timmins ! Much appreciated.

Interesting feed in the overnight hours, as you mention when they merge all the sectors they cover close to 20 frequencies, this will often include the airspace all they way up to Iqaluit, Nunavut, a distance of over 1000 miles.

Best way to listen to overnight traffic is off the archives then using a program like Audacity remove the silence between transmissions. Last night in the 5 hours between 05Z and 10Z there was just under about 60 minutes of continuous talk after the silence was removed. The playback feature on Flightradar24 is handy as well.

These dedicated Center feeds are great, hopefully we can get some more of them.

 on: July 21, 2015, 08:54:42 PM 
Started by 777lrf - Last post by Jonathank
Thanks for tuning in to my feed.  I have seen one picture of the Noranda sector controller in the media, when CPDLC was launched.  I zoomed in to the intercom/hotline screen, noticed 9 frequencies were lit up, while the UTC time showed mid afternoon local time in Montreal. During their peak times, they cover Timmins (133.975) Moosonee (118.975) Rouyn/Val d'Or (120,725) and a host of other frequencies with sectors that are unknown to my knowledge. During some evenings/overnights and weekends, pilots have asked the controller how many frequencies and sectors they're covering? The controller replied, approximately 20 frequencies during the off-peak time. They also cover Chibougamau (133,025) LaGrande (133,775).  Off-peak time, they add about ten more frequencies including Caniapiscau on 119,400 which leads pilots in to their Oceanic clearances.  Sometimes, the Caniapiscau sector controller at night relieves Gander Ctr., clearance delivery when they're closed, which is between 2h00am EDT and 5h00EDT or something within that range.

Before 2002 or 2003, the Timmins high level frequency 133,975 used to originate from Toronto centre, either combined with the Timmins/Moosonee low level sectors or worked as a stand-alone high level sectors that linked up with Moosonee, North Bay-Sudbury and maybe Picton on 124,67.  Due to an increased workload and reduce sector hand-offs, they deemed in easier to combined Timmins/Moosonee high level with all of the northern/central Quebec sectors and allows for bilingual english/french dialogue.

The challenge is, knowing which frequency the pilot is talking on, unless you track the flight on FlightAware or FlightRadar24 and try to match their present position.

 on: July 21, 2015, 08:28:51 PM 
Started by Jonathank - Last post by Jonathank
First laptop on your left is the new Timmins ATIS feed.  The second to the left is the Timmins FSS/CTAF feed.  Number 3 is my oldest machine, Dell laptop for the Montreal/Noranda sector feed.  The last one on your very right is my Toronto Centre/Timmins-Moosonee sector (occasionally combined with North Bay-Sudbury). Due to location, antenna cables are wound up in circles to maximize reception. 

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