Happy BirthDay (WCA HBD)

WCA-team invites for the 11th Happy Birthday Castle Day on 11. and 12.january 2020.–

On January, 12th will ten years exactly since the date of World Castles Award Program foundation.
In connection with this event, traditionally, on the full second weekend of January, in 2020 – on January 11 and 12, will take place activity radiohams from castles and fortresses of the world – WCA Happy BirthDay (WCA HBD).
We invite you to participate. Hope to contact you on the air!

A happy new year


The classic COTA-castles on the air award got again more than 500 applicants in 2019 (total score meanwhile above 3500). Also the annual COTA-hunter-award was reached more than 160 times. Community for German Castles Award is growing as well. 91% from all actual received QSO-contacts were done on shortwave bands. Thanks to all for the ongoing support. Also in 2020 will be a new COTA-annual-award available. Enjoy hunting and a happy new year. COTA-Team-Germany;

map-module update 12/2019

The new version of map-module was designed to update more frequently the displayed statistics. Currently we are updating all received logs on a weekly basis, next step will be after some testings to update it daily.
There are two different views from the map. Standard-view displays all contacts which are valid for the standard COTA-award in the second-view you see the contacts which are done for the German Castle Award Furthermore also the german WCA-list will created directly in the map-module, so no delay if changes happens, the directly will be displayed. System was also improved in speed and runs now much faster. Thanks to Christoph DD5SV for his excellent job.

World Castle Weekend 2019

As WCA has the 10year jubilee in 2019 the world-castle-weekend was extended to the period of 01.-30.june 2019. To improve also the number of activities from german castle COTA-team-germany offers the WCW-activator-award 2019. A minimum of 5 different castle locations in germany needs to be activated with a minimum of 50 contacts each, so altogether 250 contacts (of course more would be fine). The award can be applied by sending a list of the 5 different german castle locations to the log-address. Also the logs needs to be delivered as ADI-file.
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German Castle Day 2019

German Castle Day 2019 – 01.05.2019

Conditions were bad, however lot of participating stations. More than 150 logs until today were received from german activators. So we hope that we could give you some points for WCA and COTA-awards. All logs will be uploaded the coming days. See you in World Castle Weekend in June.

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COTA-booklet

Since 2014 COTA-Team-Germany in association with DARC OV Stiftland offers the COTA-award-progrm. So far, much more than 3000 awards were issued into more than 30 countries free of charge. Thanks to the award managers for this excellent job. Thanks also to the activators and hunters for keeping that program alive and to the donors which helped with great pictures. In the COTA-booklet you find the meanwhile nearly 200 different award-classes listed together with the motive-supporters.

COTA-Hunter 2019 – COTA-Activator 2019

Also in 2019 we have a yearly COTA-Hunter and COTA-Activator award-class. The logsearch for this award is available on our COTA-logsearch-server. All bands modes are valid. If you want a point for the COTA-activator, minimum 50 contacts needs to be made from that german castle.

German Castle Award

WCA-program has the 10year anniversary in 2019. To commemorate this birthday and bring further activities on the bands with portable activations from german castles, the DARC-OV-Stiftland in association with COTA-Team-Germany hand out the new award program “German Castle Award”. There will be a new logsearch-functionality at https://logsearch.cotagroup.org where you can apply for this new award. Valid are contacts with german castles starting 01.january 2019 and later. The award will be available in steps by 100 worked german WCA-numbers. There are only contacts on the shortwave-bands (10-160 meter) valid.

log-quality

COTA-activities raised extremely during the past years. Meanwhile however we receive also a growing number of problem-logs which means uncomplete (missing time) not logical content. We will take care more about this in the future and will investigate more time into cross-checking which can probably also result in a deletion of a log when not clarified.