Great catch. You guys are lucky when it
comes to troop. I used to take my ham gear
to Rumbly Point near Chrisfield and Several
times was able to work into Florida running
10 watts and a little portable yagi on 432 MHz
It's amazing when listening over large bodies
of water when it cools down after a hot day..
Don't want to burst your bubble, Bay, but it might not have been skip. It's not uncommon for engineers to patch another station's audio from satellite into a IFB to keep the signal alive and use it for audio level checks. I've known a couple from when I was working with the BRATS that told me about this, and it makes perfect sense.
Took my son's dog for a walk on the beach. Got bored so pulled out and ancient UHF ham radio and heard a foreign voice in English calling - had a solid chat for ten minutes full signal strength on the meter as if he was a mile away - turned out to be on the beach in Holland - tropospheric ducting. As I climbed the cliff to come home, it suddenly just vanished - I'd estimate maybe 100 ft to the limit of the duct - really hot, but cool wind and thunderstorms. UHF can be amazing!