It happens the same to me on different bands, but exceptional is the 40m contact. I got it using the bare 6300 100 watt and a homebrew N6BT vertical dipole. Really a great performance both for antenna and rig!
So I am curious if you guys saw it and or worked it.
Ditto for North Korea?
I got VP8STI on 40M and VP8SGI on both 80M and 40M , all CW. For me it was all a matter of propagation as this path is a very rough path for my QTH. Most times I listened he was like 1-2 dB out of the noise except a couple nights he was an S unit out of the noise. Even though there was a pretty prodigious pileup it was easy to analyse the pileup using the 6500 and get him in the log one I commenced to calling. I got K5P on 40M as well, 3 ATNO's, so it's been a good DX month.
The ET7L Ukrainain crew has another month or so there in Ethiopia and will be working the Lowbands 80/160 mostly their weekends (Fri/Sat evenings/nights our time) or as they have time... is what they QSPed to me on the Lowband Chat channel.
As far as I know, I was the first NA station to work each of the VP8 stations on 160. Apparently we had the spotlight propagation to that area on 160 meters. 80M was nearly as good propagation each and every day. The high Bands were my nemesis as I have my own all vertical Remote station and verticals do not do well for DXing on the higher Bands. 40 meters and down...well that's another story :)
Now don't pile on..I said vertical on HF frequencies were not competitive with the stations with yagis... I know lots of DX can be worked with a vertical. Just not busting too many rare Country pileups....