With the Yagi pointed northeast toward W1, W2, W3 and Europe I called CQ on 14.060 hoping to work another QRP station, most likely in the northeastern US.
No one answered for several seconds and just as I started to call CQ again, I heard my CQ being answered by a fluttery signal.
"AE5X de FK8IK FK8IK KN".
I almost fell out of my chair. His signal was quite strong, about an honest 579.
After sending his report and my name/QTH and signed back over to him, I started turning my antenna toward him and lost the signal completely even when pointed directly at New Caledonia.
Long-path, on 20m, at this time of day - and with QRP? Yep.
Turning the antenna back to the northeast brought Mic's signal back up to S7. The flutter was significant and I should have suspected that it was arriving via long path.
Mic was using 100 watts and a vertical antenna aboard his sailboat.
Thanks for the QSO, Mic - this is one I'll remember!