On the 16th of October 2020, there was a remarkable 3000+ km contact made on the 70cms band between South Africa and St.Helena in the South Atlantic.
The contact at 433 MHz was made between Garry, ZD7GWM on St.Helena Island and Tom, ZS1TA in South Africa. The distance was approximately 3136 kms and what was even more amazing was that the contact was made on FM!
The power used for the contact was a modest 35 watts into a vertical antenna. This was as far as I am aware the very first contact between South Africa and St.Helena on the 70cms band.