Out yesterday, and received some very strange VHF messages, in French, from France! I even got DSC alerts
Talking to a colleague who is into such things, he says that it is a phenomenon called VHF lift, analagous to diffraction in the atmosphere, brought about by the current high pressure we are experiencing.
Later in the day I was anchored and heard a mayday, which should really have been a pan pan; looked up and it was from a yacht not 50 metres away! Seems a member of the crew had been injured.
Two extremes, isn't technology wonderful
What is the greatest extreme range VHF transmission that you have received?