In 2017 COTA-Team-Germany invented together with DARC-OV-Stiftland the Annual COTA 2017 award program. The goal was to bring WCA-references in germany which were probably only active once, back on the bands. Up till today we could issue the COTA-annual-hunter 2017 altogether 175 times and the COTA-annual-activator 2017 about 40 times. There were altogether 300 german references which could be reactivated during past year again. Beside this another 500 were active for the first time which resulted in 1815 activation-logs in total, about 20 percent more than the year before. Round 140000 QSO-points could be added into the COTA-logsearch database which has meanwhile around 750000 contacts included. (We load all contacts also in the international WCA-database) Also the standard COTA-award-program is very popular. We reached the 2200 awards from the normal COTA-hunter-award. So thanks to all, who made this success possible, Hunter, Activator, Award-Manager and thanks to those who offered the nice pictures for the awards.
So 01.01. will be the new start for the COTA-Annual-Hunter 2018 and COTA-Annual-Activator 2018-award series.
We wish you a happy and successful new year and good luck with COTA-hunting.
Merry christmas and a happy and successful new year to all of you.
Actually we handed out more than 2000 COTA-awards.
The special 2017-edition additionally around 200 times.
Thanks to all who helped to make COTA so popular.
If you made an activity from a german castle please send your log to the new mail-address: firstname.lastname@example.org
We will make the uploads for the COTA-award-program and the WCA-award-program on a weekly basis.
Please be sure that your log will be in a specified format, containing reference-number, callsign and probably activity-period, for example
If you make activations from several objects at once please send separate logs for each.
Juli-edition of the AGCW-DL-info, shows an article about WCA and gives some background-information about castle-day. More and more castle-activities are done in CW which is also a result from the steady growing numbers of QRP-equipment which makes activities from WCA- or WWFF-destinations an attractive part of the hobby. Article in german in july-release of AGCW-DL-info
From june 24 till 25 the amateur-radio-club Heidenreichstein held the second international COTA- and WWFF-meeting in austria. Hams from HB9, I, DL and OE activated the nature-park OEFF-0015 with the special-call OE3WWFF and one day later the castle Heidenreichstein OE-00089 under OE3COTA.
Propagations were not so well on may01 at castle-day however there was a big number of participants. Up today we received 180 logs. So many thanks to all who help to organize the event, special thanks of course to the castle-activators and castle-hunters.
All received logs will be published in the COTA and the WCA-database.
All stations from which we received the logs are listed here.
Cuagn on World Castle Weekend at 17./18.june 2017
Also this year the German Castle Day will be at may 01.2017.
All hams are invited to take part and bring german castles in the air.
Also for hunters it´s a good possibility to work a lot of german castles and increase your score for several awards.
We will inform you here also with the growing list of announced activities. Currently announced activities for the castle-day
The first quarter of 2017 was again a record with COTA-activities. Altogether 300 logs reached us until end of march. Database comes closer to 650000 entries. Especially the yearly COTA-award has more and more friends. We could issue the first awards for 30 and for 40 activated german castles in 2017 to Peter DJ2OS and the hunter-awards 100 and 150 in 2017 went to Artur SP8LEP. The 1500. standard-COTA-award in the class 375 was reached by Peter DL8NCA. Many thanks to all activators and collectors.