Starting january 01, 2017, Andreas DL6AP will take over the COTA-coordination for DARC-district V Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
Welcome in the Team Andreas, thanks to Rudi DK7OM who did this work
In memory of the founding of the World Castle Award program at january 14, 2009 also this year the WCA-group invites participants all over the world to take part on the Happy Birthday Castle Weekend at 14./15.january 2017.
Happy birthday WCA !
DARC-Ortsverband Stiftland U23 together with COTA-Team-Germany releases the annual COTA-award program, accepted by DARC. It consists by Annual COTA-Hunter and Annual COTA-Activator. For the Annual-COTA-Hunter you have to work 50 german castles within a calendar-year. Further award-classes available for 100/150/etc. For the Annual-COTA-Activator you have to activate 10 different german castles within a calendar-year with minumum 50 contacts done from each (can be fullfilled within several activities. Further award-classes are available for 20/30/etc. The logs therefor needs to be sent in ADIF-format to Manfred DF6EX
Both awards are free of charge and will be delivered via mail in PDF-format. Many thanks for the adaptions on the database to Friedrich DL4BBH.
This will give in the future a higher focus on objects which were active maybe only one time. With the reactivation also the hunters who missed first activity will get a second chance and will improve also their score for the normal COTA-award program. A happy new year 2017 with good health and cu on the bands. 73, 11, Manfred DF6EX OVV U23
Altogether 1119 log-files were uploaded for 397 different callsigns during the year 2016. The COTA-database includes actually nearly 600000 contacts. Thanks to Karl DL1JKK, who made the uploads 2 times, one for COTA, one for WCA. Our COTA-award meanwhile was issued 1341 times, the highest issued class currently is the COTA-675.
With these nearly 600000 contacts of course we could also support the international WCA-award-program.
Thanks for the support and a happy new year 2017 from COTA-Team-Germany !
We wish you all merry christmas
and a happy and peaceful new year 2017.
Enjoy the silent days with your family.
Dietmar DK7JQ/p plans to activate at november 05 castle Keyenburg DL-04767. It is located in the brown-coal-area and this will be probably your last chance to work it.
Planned for start at 01.january we intend to establish a yearly COTA-award. The standard-COTA-award became very successful with more than 1200 issued awards till today. A lot of people however have their main-focus to activate a new castle. With the annual COTA-award we try to promote re-activations of castles as at 01.january each year everybody starts with 0. It´s planned to bring up a hunter-class for 50, 100 etc. worked castles plus an activator-class for 10,20 etc. activated castles. Start will be at january, 01 2017.
Beside this of course the standard COTA-award still continues as it is.
At the day of open memorials on september, 11 special-call DM200PZL was active from inside the church of Penzlin, activating the two WCA-references DL-00249 and DL-03443. Pictures shows the wire-setup on the church and operator Harry on the station inside.
Markus DK5AX and Ronny DM2RM were active at september, 20th from DL-03425. The location was on the island of Öhe, between Rügen and Hiddensee, which has also a german island-number O-19. Since 20 years there was no activity from there, as it is in private ownership. Around 130 contacts were made under DK5AX/p and DM2RM/p. A longer article in german can be found here.
At august 27, DL0HWI was active with the team DC4BWS,DL3SXW,DL5SUA,DE2HEB and DL8MHW from treferences DL-00259,DL-03374,DL-03373,DL-03382,DL-03381.
Altogether 115 stations made it into the log. Beside ham-radio also a lot of visitors were interested on the activity. The picture shows Manfred DL8MHW and Werner DL3SXW on the CW-station.