Thursday, July 12, 2012

askGerhard-Kaiser: Activity as DR11COTA from WCA DL-01312 COTA THB-01...

askGerhard-Kaiser: Activity as DR11COTA from #WCA DL-01312 #COTA THB-01...: #hamr Built 1643 until 1654, Castle "Friedenstein" is the largest Early Baroque castle complex in Germany. The four-wing castle was built by Duk...

Activity as DR11COTA from WCA DL-01312 COTA THB-018 Castle "Friedenstein" in the city of Gotha.

Built 1643 until 1654, Castle "Friedenstein" is the largest Early Baroque castle complex in Germany. The four-wing castle was built by Duke Ernest I the Pious with 2 characteristic towers. From the outside, the castle is primarily without decoration and looks quite plain – the Duke aimed to achieve clarity of form and function. However, the interior has many beautifully designed rooms and halls which have retained their original form and furnishings over the centuries. The most outstanding part of the castle is the Ekhof Theatre, the oldest castle theatre in the world with original wooden stage machinery dating from the 17th century. It is still used during the Ekhof Festival in the summer months.

Other items of interest which form the castle complex are the Castle Museum, the Museum of Regional History and Culture, the Museum of Nature, the archives and library, the casemates, the park and the very well-kept orangery garden.

In the early morning, the road to the castle was closed and I was driving to the Museum of Nature nearby.
But on this location was very high noise and
the next possible place for activity was a little marketplace about 300m far from the castle.

It is always a challange to work inside from a city with low power and mobile antenna

Monday, June 18, 2012

Short report about my activity on WCW

(World Castle Weekend)

About castle Oberellen WCA DL-01481 COTA THB-187 in DLFF-128
With the Secularization of the Thuringian monasteries the property got 1543 to the Eichsfeld noble family von Hanstein, who took over the village court and feudal lords. In the place were two representative castles; she was built between 1594 and 1604. 1936 changed the Castle from the family von Hanstein to the community Oberellen. Today, the castle has a restaurant and a pilgrim hostel.


   The condx was very poor and from about 1200 UTC on no loud signals on all bands.
   I closed my station and go to the castle restaurant for good meal and
   some glasses of wine... and talking with the people.....
   In the late afternoon, all signals better and many stations found the way in my log.
   Unfuturnately :-) I must go QRT, because the german footall team was playing this evening.
The images/fotos all from the castle with some details...

73 44 11 and until the next trip!
 Gerd DL5AWI/m

RIG: FT890 abt 60 watts
Antenna: Outback 3000 mobile wip
first time logged all QSOs with notebook in the car...