TY2 was altogether different. He was perhaps S4 on 17m but the noise floor was low. He just kept working stronger stations. I kept trying until he announced he was going QRT. Having announced that he worked a couple more stations leaving me wanting. I walked away for about 30 minutes and saw a fresh spot - he was back and started working stronger stations. He was working simplex and my signal was being stepped on time after time - then part of it made it through. He responds NY4 NY4? in CW. I replied with my call TNX UR 599 OP ARIEL 73 and he replied I was 579 and that he was Nico and said TU 73.
Two more to add to my Marathon collection.