I went to radio club one evening this week to a talk about long distance radio contacts. Since the very beginning, after it was discovered that radio could be used for communication, people have been wanting to contact others from further and further places. In fact you have probably done this yourself by trying to find a better mobile or Wi-Fi signal.
In amateur radio this is called DXing. DXing is popular in the hobby because there are several competitions and cups to chase. A competition is fast paced and no nonsense, where you have to contact as many other radio stations as you can in a set time. You get points for the distance covered and the number of contacts made. Everyone submits a log of their contacts after the contest for adjudication.