For the first time since some of the major contests I was not only hearing Asia, but many of the stations were almost what you'd call "loud". I'm not used to that at all, considering my hex is only at 35 feet or so and I've always suspected the angle that those stations are hitting me doesn't lend itself well to that low height. That height works fine for Europe and most of Africa, but Asia (outside of JA's) has consistently been a problem for me. Not only to work, but to hear.
At one point, some of the JA's were actually a true S9. And, for the first time, I was hearing China, Taiwan, South Korea, and the Philippines well enough to actually claim I was copying them Q5 and not just able to tell that a station was there in the mud. I didn't try to work any of those stations, I figured why contribute to the QRM? There'll be enough time later on for that.