Don, we can zap any SOTAwatch registration you have so you can start again, PM or email me to confirm.
In case you hadn't twigged (it's not obvious) but you need to register for this website and the database and SOTAwatch and the SOTA website. We're working on a single sign on but not yet although Andrew VK3ARR has done lots of work ready for this.
So assuming we solve your SOTAwatch issue, you'll be able to spot and alert which is important especially whilst the Sun is asleep and propagation is rubbish.
Take your SOTA gear and pack the bag you carry it in. Take it (and daughter) to a park/field and setup as if you were on a summit and see if it works. If you contact some of the NA SOTA guys before hand on their Yahoo email list I'm sure they'll listen out for you. You can give your gear a complete psuedo-summit shakedown without too much hassle. You can also ensure you know what you've forgotten. Make 2 lists "must have gear" and "nice to have gear". You can ensure you always have the "must take" and only carry the "nice to have" when you are doing a short hike.
Then go and have an ice-cream on the way home.