GUIDELINES AND OBJECTIVES OF CASHOTA
Castles and Stately Homes On The Air, in brief CASHOTA, applies to Amateur Radio operations made from castles and stately homes. They will be identified by a three part reference number: - Two letters for Country of Origin: For example: GI for Northern Ireland, - three figures for the activation order : 001, 002, 003.
A request for an official reference number should be made at least 2 days before the intended activity; request should be addressed to the CASHOTA Representative either by online form, e-mail or by post with one SAE. Any castle not previously listed will be accepted by Cashota on providing the exact geographical position, with at least one picture if possible - see activation form.
Amateur Radio Operation must take place, 500m or within the locator square of the location. This must be deemed safe, with the permisson of any authorised persons. To be validated by CASHOTA, a minimum of 10 contacts in HF or 5 contacts in VHF or UHF should be made within one single operation period. A copy of the log-book (on paper or electronic format) should be submitted to CASHOTA within the following two months after the activity.
During the Amateur Radio Operation, in addition to the exchanged reports, it is strongly recommended to give not only a brief description of the used radio equipment but also to give some information concerning the origin and the history of the castle. In participating in such operation, Hams commit themselves to answer within six months maximum to any QSL demand, either directly or via the bureau.
The award is available either in CW, phone or digi modes on all HF bands (from 10 to 160m) or in VHF - UHF bands (6m, 4m, 2m and 70cm). Any contacts made by repeaters, satellites, IRLP, ECHOLINK or mobile phone will not be accepted. Basic Award: ranging between 6 levels from 25 contacts to 200 contacts.
Any award application should be accompanied by log extracts containing the following information; reference number, call sign of the Amateur Radio Station, date/time, RST, frequency and mode. QSL cards must be available to controllers on request.
Award may also be applied for by SWL's under the same conditions as those applicable to the Licensed Amateur Radio Operators.
All applications for the CASHOTA award must be addressed to the CASHOTA Representative, in your region or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The award fee is 5 Pounds Sterling or 10 Euro. This to cover printing and postage. This amount will be revised on a yearly basis.
CASHOTA reserves the right to modify subject rules, taking into account that validations for previous expeditions will remain.