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Biržai Castle "On Air News"
20 July, 2013.
06:00-07:00GMT (80-40-20m bands) LY2SQ/P and LY3KB/P was On Air from
Biržai Castle. WCA activity was stoped by rain at 07:00GMT.
LY2SQ/P and LY3KB/P
about WCA activity Weekend 2013.
First WCA activity story (On lithuanian)
First LY3KB participation in the World Castles Award program was the work on Air from Biržai Castle (WCA #LY-00002) in World Castles Weekend 2013. Biržai Radio Club Team: LY2SQ/P Šarūnas, LY3B/P (Algis) and LY3KB/P (Valius) take part in this event on June 15, 2013.
The Team have made about 150 QSO from Biržai Castle. eLOGs was sended to Jiri OK5NN (the eLOG manager of WCA group)
Information about Biržai Castle (WCA #LY-00002):
Now in Biržai Castle: Biržai Region Museum "Sėla", Biržai district public Library and Biržai Castle Restaurant "Pilies skliautai"
Historical facts: To protect his Biržai dominion and the northern border of Lithuania, Duke Kristupas Radvila (engl. Radziwill) (1547-1603) built a modern fortress. Work started on it in 1575 by building a dam at the confluence of the Apašcia and Agluona rivers. The fortress and the town were a single defence complex and was finished in 1589. The war with Sweden lasted many decades (1600-1635 and 1655-1660) and in 1625 the Swedes turned Biržai Castle into ruins. Kristupas Radvila II initiated a considerable reconstruction of the fortress in Biržai, with work starting in 1637. This wasn’t just a restoration; the fortifications were changed from Italian to Dutch, which meant that the earth bastions and ramparts surrounding the fortress became its main features. Reconstruction also involved the territory of the castle and residential palace. In 1640, Biržai was inherited by the future grand hetman of Lithuania, son of Kristupas II, Jonušas Radvila (1612-1655), who continued the reconstruction of the castle. In autumn 1655, the Biržai fortress changed hands again and became Swedish. In 1659, Jonušas Radvila’s cousin, Duke Boguslavas Radvila (1620-1669) made brought the castle back into the hands of the Radvila family. The fortress went to Boguslavas’ daughter Liudvika Karolina (1667-1695). She renewed the reconstruction process in 1671 and work continued until 1682. This fortress was considerably larger than the first one. The palace, fortifications and 21 buildings made it a huge defensive complex. (info from Biržai Museum "Sėla").
QSL Cards with Biržai castle.
WCA Coordinator in Lithuania Rolandas LY3IV
LY3IV/P 2012-06-17 from WCA: LY-00014
For all questions about WCA activity in Lithuania...
The list of Lithuanian castles, fortresses and other fortifications
LY-00001 LCF-001 BALTADVARIS CASTLE
LY-00002 LCF-002 BIRZAI CASTLE
LY-00003 LCF-003 DUBINGIAI CASTLE
LY-00004 LCF-004 GEDIMINAS CASTLE
LY-00005 LCF-005 KAUNAS CASTLE
LY-00006 LCF-006 KLAIPEDA CASTLE
LY-00007 LCF-007 MEDININKAI CASTLE
LY-00008 LCF-008 NORVILISKIAI CASTLE
LY-00009 LCF-009 PANEMUNE CASTLE
LY-00010 LCF-010 RAUDONDVARIS CASTLE
LY-00011 LCF-011 RAUDONE CASTLE
LY-00012 LCF-012 ROKANTISKIAI CASTLE
LY-00013 LCF-013 OLD TRAKAI CASTLE
LY-00014 LCF-014 SIESIKAI CASTLE
LY-00015 LCF-015 PALACE (LOWER CASTLE)
LY-00016 LCF-016 VORUTA CASTLE
LY-00017 LCF-017 KAUNAS FORTRESS 1ST FORT
LY-00018 LCF-018 KAUNAS FORTRESS 2ND FORT
LY-00019 LCF-019 KAUNAS FORTRESS 3TH FORT
LY-00020 LCF-020 KAUNAS FORTRESS 4TH FORT
LY-00021 LCF-021 KAUNAS FORTRESS 5TH FORT
LY-00022 LCF-022 KAUNAS FORTRESS 6TH FORT
LY-00023 LCF-023 TRAKAI ISLAND CASTLE
LY-00024 LCF-024 TRAKAI PENINSULA CASTLE
LY-00025 LCF-025 KAUNAS FORTRESS 7TH FORT
LY-00026 LCF-026 KAUNAS FORTRESS 8TH FORT
LY-00027 LCF-027 KAUNAS FORTRESS 9TH FORT
LY-00028 LCF-028 KAUNAS FORTRESS 10TH FORT
LY-00029 LCF-029 BLACK FORTRESS
LY-00030 LCF-030 BASTION OF VILNIUS CITY WALL
LY-00031 LCF-031 THE GATES OF DAWN
LY-00032 LCF-032 KOPGALIS FORTRESS
LY-00033 LCF-033 THE BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER NERIS IN JONAVA SECURITY GRANT
LY-00034 LCF-034 ALYTUS CASTLE
LY-00035 LCF-035 EISISKIAI CASTLE
LY-00036 LCF-036 KERNAVE CASLTES
LY-00037 LCF-037 MERKINE CASTLE
LY-00038 LCF-038 PUNIA CASTLE
LY-00039 LCF-039 SEREDZIUS CASTLE
LY-00040 LCF-040 SKOMANTAI CASTLE
LY-00041 LCF-041 VELIUONA CASTLE
LY-00042 LCF-042 RAMBYNAS CASTLE
LY-00043 LCF-043 MEDVEGALIS CASTLE
LY-00044 LCF-044 RUDAMINA CASTLE
LY-00045 LCF-045 UPYTE CASTLE
LY-00046 LCF-046 TAURAPILIS CASTLE
LY-00047 LCF-047 PERLOJA CASTLE
LY-00048 LCF-048 APUOLE CASTLE
LY-00049 LCF-049 BIRSTONAS CASTLE
LY-00050 LCF-050 UKMERGE CASTLE