On Oct. 24th and Nov.07th I was on air from the Creuzburg near my home-QTH as DL5AWI/m references are WCA DL-1297 COTA THB-003 and it`s count for DLFF-053
My equipment was simple: FT-890 with abt 50/60 watts and outback-3000 mobile antenna.
With a history going back over 1,000 years, Creuzburg is one of the oldest towns in Thuringia. Hill graves in the area of the city demonstrate a settlement beginning at least as early as Carolingian times. The beginnings of the settlement on what became the site of the castle are a result of its position on a major crossroads. The old West-East trade route met at the river Werra with the trade route from the south.
The most prosperous time in Creuzburg was during the reign of Landgrave Ludwig IV, the Holy, and his son Hermann II. After the wedding of Ludwig with the daughter of the King of Hungary, Elisabeth, who is now known as St. Elisabeth of Hungary, the Castle Creuzburg became the second residence of the Thuringian Landgraves (after the Wartburg WCA DL-1295 THB-001).
At the time of WWDX/cw I was on way to my daugther Carina birthdayparty and my plan was to go on air from DLFF-032 Biosphärenreservat Vessertal/
Thüringer Wald and in the afternoon I would working from Bertholdsburg ( build between 1226 and 1232)
in the town Schleusingen WCA: DL- 01296, COTA-DL: THB-002 and short time participate in CQ WW DX CW Contest.
Heavy snowfalls and feezing temperatures inhibited a greater activity. Only around 50 QSOs from WFF and about
50 QSOs from WCA and no QSOs for WWDX by DL5AWI/m. I was with my XYL still on the christmas market for a mulled wine.
I will be often in this area in the future and looking for the springtime to operate again from this castle in the center of the town Schleusingen. You can found announcements at International Castle Announcements or here World Castles Award Info