I have now communicated with most Association Managers and, as I feared, there is a split of opinion about dates although all seem keen that this event goes ahead.
The two weekends that are proposed are 2-3 May and 23-24 May, both have their merits and both offer problems. To summarise:
2 - 3 May
a) Coincides with a long weekend across much of Europe with either 1 or 4 May as public holidays
b) Last weekend when lifts and huts might be open in Alpine regions
c) Weather is very unpredictable
d) Coincides with VHF/UHF Contests across much of Europe
23 - 24 May
a) No HF contests
b) Spring weather in northern Europe may cause access problems (snow melt etc.)
c) Some areas have a public holiday near this weekend
d) No high level protection (huts) or lift access in alpine areas
e) Weather is much more predictable
I addition, a couple of associations have suggested waiting until summer for the event to ensure better weather (obviously not the UK - hi!). The considered opinion on this is why not hold another event in summer if this one works!
So, as we do not have a poll system on this reflector, could I ask for all participants to consider the various pros and cons and attach an opinion to this topic which I will ask Jon to close in seven days.
There is much work to be done to help organise skeds and activations so if anyone is willing to volunteer to help do this (in all activation associations) could you email me direct.
Any questions please contact me
on behalf of SOTA MT