What was your antenna details? Sounded like he was next door!
On 10m my antenna is a 3-el Yagi up about 50 feet but they've sounded just as loud on 12m where I use the same antenna with a tuner. N5UD says he's heard them at S9 on his mobile set-up. Band conditions aren't as bad (at least as often) as we're inclined to believe.