Until everyone gets onboard with the nasota io group, I will crosspost this here:
After looking over the calendar and with all the recommendations I have received, the most feasible date for the ADK SOTA Spree will be the weekend of September 29th and 30th. This is late enough in the year to decrease the bugs and afternoon thunderstorm danger, early enough to limit early snowstorm potential, etc.
It is the weekend of CQ WW RTTY and the TX QSO party, I’m not sure how far into the CW realm the RTTY gusy get during those weekends but if everyone brings an HT with a decent antenna and a WARC band antenna just in case, we should be ok. If you are a CW operator and really want to use the contest bands just slide up into the SSB portion of the band (which is perfectly legal as I recall).
If I get serious pushback on these dates we can consider something different but for now this is what I’m targeting. The next three weekends are some the biggest state QSO parties of the year (CA then PA then NY). The prior weekend is the UK/IE DX contest and ME QSO party, and it sounds like most wouldn’t want to go any earlier than that in the year.