Despite showers - heavy at times - I had a most successful outing. 12 contacts in about 30 minutes down to the Midlands and across to Lincolnshire, all on 50MHz SSB. No DX and just one gottaway (G6LKB). Would easily have made it on CW of course.
I suspect that the recent SpE has led to people checking the band and they seemed happy to have a chat. Thanks to all the Chasers who called (quite a few!).