Altogether 9200 contacts in 120 logs were sent to us for the castle-day at may 01. All logs are already uploaded and the -awards for activators from the german castles were sent out. Thanks to all participants.
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.