I had an e-mail from an old friend, Martin, G0HDB earlier in the week and he said that he'd been trying out 50MHz and it had been interesting, including openings to the US and Carribean.
Last evening, when I was getting into the car to drive home, I thought I'd try 50MHz rather than my normal 145Mhz FM. Tuned around in the car park and heard GB3LER from the Shetlands coming in.
I tried a CQ call and worked Jeff, M0UHF up in Abingdon! But also, some Italian stations were audible on 50.150. Quite weak, so not workable with the FT817 on this occasion, but it will be interesting to see what's possible over the coming weeks.