In reply to G1ZJQ:
Great report Derek. Sounds like things are coming together and you are now getting good results. I was interested in your comments on people on non-sota hills. Inevitably, they will never be of as much interest to the chasers as those doing SOTA so they may not feel the benefits of the upsurge in activity. Curiously not all the best VHF sites are actually on top of SOTA hills. My local “super-site” falls into that category.
I also enjoy 2m SSB (occasionally) and I look forward to our first contact.