server-issues

Some of you have probably detected the server-issues during the past weeks which were based on a problem at the hosting-company. We will move in the near future to a new server. It can be that cotagroup will be in maintenance-mode and no uploads or award applications can be send for one or two days. Only for your info in advance. 73, Manfred DF6EX

Mailing-list cota-activities

As yahoogroups becomes less popular and reduces funtionalities we created a new mailing-list at groups.io auf dem absteigenden Ast ist, wurde eine neue Mailing-Liste bei group.

Cota-activations is for announcements of coming WCA-activities.

Participation is easy, just enter in the right widget your e-mail-adress and push the subscribe-button. You will receive a confirmation-message from groups.io and in the future you are able to announce your coming activations.

73,11, COTA-Team-Germany

World Castle Weekend 2020

As WCA has the 10year jubilee in 2020 the world-castle-weekend was extended to the period of 11.-21.june 2019. To improve also the number of activities from german castle COTA-team-germany offers the WCW-activator-award 2019. A minimum of 3 different castle locations in germany needs to be activated with a minimum of 50 contacts each, so altogether 150 contacts (of course more would be fine). The award can be applied by sending a list of the 3 different german castle locations to the log-address. Also the logs needs to be delivered as ADI-file.
73,11, COTA-Team-Germany

German Castle Day 2020

German Castle Day 2020 is over.

Conditions were not so good, however we already received a lot of incoming logs. So thanks to all activators and of course special thanks to those who worked the castle-stations. Below you find the actually received logs. However just directly after this event we want to remind for the world-castle-weekend 2020. This year extended to fully 11 days, which reminds on 11 years World Castle Award program and the special founded “11” which reminds castle activators on two towers.

Again we will bring out also a special-WCW-activator-award for those who are active from a german castle in this time-period and send us the log.

73,11,good health COTA-Team-Germany

DLFF-COTA-Meeting 02.05.2020 cancelled

Under the current situation we are sorry, but we have to cancel the planned DLFF-COTA-meeting.
Currently it´s not sure if the location for this event would be available again until this date and most important we want to make any personal risk for anybody.
So take care and stay at home. 73, good health

DR10WCA wrap-up

After one year activity with DR10WCA the final-result was very nice. 6898 contacts from altogether 62 different castles could be realized. QSOs included also 3500 DLFF-contacts from 7 different references. Many thanks to all who worked, heard and spotted us and of course to the operators. A small statistic can be found here.

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.
73,11, COTA-Team-Germany