I also know, that HAMs operating/activating with a hand-held 2m or 70 cm RIG must not be judged by the same standard as HF operators. That is, I am not talking about them but HF activators.
First of all, let’s have a look at the statistics on logged SOTA QSOs ( http://database.sota.org.uk/statistics.aspx )!
Number of Activator QSOs : 616772
5MHZ : 39581 (1,6869710%)
7MHZ :249334 (40,042564%)
That is 23,736367 times more QSOs have been established at 40 meters compared to 60 meters. This can not be an accidental result, I dare to say, this indicates that there are almost 24 times less potential chaser partners! Haw! Whether why? As far as I know, the 60 meters band has been allocated for nobody else but British HAMs in IARU Region-1. (See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amateur_radio_frequency_allocations#60_Metres )
Of course, I had also been a kid some 50 years ago, thus I also know that the newest toy is the kindest one for a child. Of course, I know the British way of thinking about the relationship of UK and the rest of the world (the continent). But, gentlemen, HAM radio is not a single actor game but a game demanding partners as well…
My point is as follows: Is it worth the candle to climb on top of a hill/mountain EXCLUSIVELY with a 60 meter dipole, operating EXCLUSIVELY at 60 meters, EXCLUSIVELY with British partners, that is establishing almost 24 times less QSOs as one might have established investing practically the very same effort at 40 meters (by the way with a 10 meters shorter antenna)? Is the propagation so luring, extraordinary there, that it can compensate the loss of almost 96% of the potential QSOs?
Gentlemen, help me understanding this puzzle, please! Is my way of thinking absolutely wrong?
73: Joska, HA5CW