For the HBD-castle-weekend at 18./19.jan2014 after a short activity on saturday from my home-castle Falkenberg DL-02335, we started on sunday for the second outdoor activity in this year. At acceptable 6 degrees we were active from the Castle of Wildenreuth DL-02825 for the first time. In a bit less than two hours 155 stations could be worked. All logs were posted already to WWFF, WCA and COTA-database. QSL-cards are out via the buro for altogether around 260 contacts.
After claiming the 250000 contact-border in june 2012, meanwhile the WCA-logsearch has reached the magic one million border. A lot of activators could be convinced to send their logs for uploads. Congratulations to the WCA-team, especially to our member Jirka OK5NN, who realized the frontend for the uploads. Electronic logs are the future as shown with DCL and LOTW. QSL-cards however are still alive and very attractive, however please honor also the WCA-hunters with electronic point for your activation. If you have any further castle-logs you can send via mail, they will be uploaded to WCA-logsearch and if activity was from a german castle also to COTA-logsearch.
Together with DARC-Ortsverband Stiftland COTA-Team-Germany invents the new COTA-activator award, acknowledged by DARC. The award is available in steps of 5 (10/15…) activated german castles. Each award class shows a different colour-motive from another german-castle. You need to make minimum of 50 contacts from each object. These can be done also in several activations on several days. For applying just send a list (ie Excel-sheet) with the DL-reference-numbers you´ve activated and the numbers of contacts you reached from each to Gerhard DL5AWI. The award comes as PDF and is free of charge.
Together with DARC-Ortsverband Stiftland COTA-Team-Germany invents the new COTA-award acknowledged by DARC. The award is available in steps of 25 worked german castles. Each award class shows a different colour-motive from another german-castle. You can apply for the award directly from an application-link at http://logsearch.cotagroup.org. The award comes as PDF and is free of charge.
Next weekend for the fifth time the happy-birthday castle-weekend happens. All Logs which we receive will be put into the WCA-database as well in the new COTA-database for the COTA-award !
The castle of Fuchsmühl was the destination for our first activity 2014 on newyears day. Winter still not so heavy however after one hour it was too cold in the car with the wet 0 degrees surrounding. 105 stations made it into the log. Will return here in summer and add a 20 meter operation. A report can be found here !
On the return-trip from a WWFF-operation I made a short stop in the middle at the castle of Zwernitz. In a bit less than 1 hour around 70 contacts were made before the SSB-fieldday started. A report can be found here !
Rolf DF2OU will be the coordinator for district M – Schleswig Holstein, many thanks.
Marek DH9SB has improved his map-interface for displaying COTA-objects visuell. You can select the wanted district of Germany and zoom into the map. The circle around the objects shows the diameter (500 Meter/1000 Meter-distance). Some local german castle awards require the 500 meter distance instead of the internationally used 1000 meter. Maps will be extemded. Thanks for your great work, Marek!