PI4TUE Rain Scatter
on 10 GHz

Rain Scatter in contests gave us a lot of DX and a lot of fun. Both with forward and backward rainscatter we have worked a lot of stations, but in our second 3cm contest in May 2000, not being experienced microwave operators, we thought we had a nice rain scatter event. With 180 mW and a 60cm offset dish on 10 GHz we worked a lot of DX, see part of our log:

May 1, 2000. Our second 3cm contest. 180 mW in a 60cm dish
1443  OK1KRQ/P  599  599  JN69HN  548  km
1444 DK0FLT 599  599 JN59FW 390
1449 DF6NA 589  579 JN49XS 368
1453 DL6NAQ/P 579  559 JO40XI 338
1500 DF0ILM 579  599 JO50ML 406
1502 DL1ATI/P 599  599 JO50ML 406
1504 DL0GTH 599  599 JO50JP 384
1507 DL0UL/P 539  559 JN48UO 438
1536 DH6FAE/P 579  559 JO40PL 289
1539 OK1VAM/P  539  559 JO60LJ 539
1547 DC6NY 559  559 JN59KE 459
1603 OK1JKT 539  559 JO60OK 555
1607 DM2AFN 599  599 JO61WB 587
1610 DJ6BU/P 599  599 JO40XL 333
1655 OK1KIR/P 539  529 JO60PM 558
1714 F6DWG/P 579  559 JN19AJ 332
1728 F1PYR/P 599  59 JN19BC 352
1748 F6DKW 599  579 JN18CS 377
1924 DL3NQ 599  549 JN49IN 311
1930 DF6IY 559  559 JN48EU 355
1940 DK0ALK 529  529 JN38TD 398
2108 DL6NCI/P 559  529 JO50VA 473
Since that contest in July we worked many times stations via Rain Scatter on 6 and 3 cm, but mosts station could be worked also via tropo. In the contest of May 2004 there were heavy thunderstorms again over Germany, giving us again real DX.
May 2004, 16 Watt and 85 cm dish, 3cm
DF5JJ   JO43XO    389  km
DK1ZD   JO44WE   427
DL5LF   JO54AF   438
DL1SUN   JO53PN   460
DF0YY   JO62GD   494
DL9MS/p   JO54VC   519
DL1RG   JO62KN   523
DG0RG   JO62JV   526
DL0TUD   JO60LK   537
OK1VAM/p    JO60LJ   539
DL7YC   JO62PK   549
OL4A   JO60RN   568
DM2AFN   JO61WB   587
DF2CK   JO71AD   598
SK7MW   JO65MJ   668
SM7ECM   JO65NQ   692
In the evening we found a heavy thunderstorm on the weather radar near Hamburg and pointed our antenna into it. It was just a trial, the distance was very large. On our CQ some  stations returned via back scatter but also SK6MW and SM7ECM! A lot of other stations in PA didn't hear anything, the distance to the scatter area was too large.
On 6 cm we worked over a larger distance only DL1SUN in JO53PN, 460 km.

In the 2005 May contest we had 24 hours of rain scatter but with clouds at low altitudes, there was no real DX. Except the last 30 minutes when we worked:

May 2005, 16 Watt and 85 cm dish, 3cm
OL7C    JO60JJ    527  km