Well, I went up a mountain yesterday, got to the top about midday, could not spot myself because mobile phone coverage was too bad, started calling on 145.500, and then later on 433.500, using a handheld Arrow II yagi and VX-7R: a combination I’ve used before successfully. Tuning around on the FM portions of the bands, I heard nothing, apart from two briefly having a conversation at 145.580. I called repeatedly for nearly two hours, often turning the yagi, often tuning around to listen for any signals before I gave up, packed up and started the descent.
I’ve never before heard these bands so dead, I’m guessing quite a few operators were instead taking part in the “sächsischer bergwettbewerb” contest/event in the SSB portions of the band - or maybe watching the Olympics on the TV?. I was particularly disappointed with getting no contacts in the log, since I was attempting a first-ever activation of the summit I was on, it wasn’t a particularly easy ascent, and there was very little space on the very pointy summit. Oh well, better luck next time!