Irish Amateur Radio operator Tony EI8JK has successly worked Japan on 432 MHz, bouncing a 70cms singal into Japanese station JA6AHB.
The pair have been trying to make the contact for several weeks with Tony making small incremental improvements to his system to squeeze out every fraction of a dB. In the end, they managed to complete the contact using the JT65 mode on Monday morning during a 2-hour window to make it an EI-JA first on the UHF band.
In terms of equipment, JA6AHB was using 500 watts into a 7 metre dish while Tony was using 4 x 21 element yagis with a medium powered amplifier.
Tony EI8JK Antenna System - https://ei7gl.blogspot.com/2018/09/ei8jk-works-japan-on-70cms-moonbounce.html