In the screen print I included in post #163 you will see an orange "Kies" indicator for that Vodafone ROM. That means the ROM should be available through Kies, which does sometimes (always?) come through earlier than OTA updates.
If you go to the web page here - Firmwares | SamMobile
- and search for GT-N7000 you will see a huge list of ROMs for the Note, many with solid Kies flags and some with shaded flags where the ROM is not yet on Kies.
I also noticed from that list this morning that a new German ROM has appeared, albeit with a strangely absent release number. I tried a manual OTA check and repeatedly received a message I have not seen before....