On the whole, I (kind-of) like to think of myself as a VHF+ activator, and from time to time I have a dabble on 70cm, either with the 8 ele yagi, or just on the 5/8 over 5/8 whip. The whip generally only produces one or two QSOs and they tend to be from people who saw the alert, and occasionally the beam produces slightly better results (it always makes me chuckle when someone says “I thought I’d have a quick flick around on 70 'cos no one ever uses it” just as I call CQ =).
I’ve heard heroic tales of chasers racking up big scores on cems alone and its heartening. Personally, I find 70cm an interesting band, and like any other, it has its own pleasing little quirks. My question is, is anyone else interested? Nowadays (thanks to the advent of the '817 =) I have the capability to run 70cm SSB as well as FM, and cems SSB certainly appeals to me (tho I never dare try it for fear of freezing to death). I intend to keep running cems from the hills (I’m one of the “use it or lose it” brigade), but if anyone has any preferences regarding modes, polarisation, headings etc then I’d be very glad to hear from you.