I think no preference, gives you a better shot.I haven't read enough to know if this has been discussed yet, but I notice that you get to make a choice between terminal and enroute? Are those the two choices?
If so I wonder if they are more likely to pick someone who is decisive over someone who has no preference. That seemed kind of how it was with the state selection part of it...or maybe not at all.
You were spot on when it came to the opening of the announcements! I was at ZBW recently and spoke with the staff/training manager who said the panel would be meeting early to mid October... we shall see.Meh referral lists are just an eligibility thing. I would expect the panel to meet in late October/early November. I am pretty credible you can check my prior posts. I assume if you got a code you are close to eligible. Sit back, relax, enjoy your time off.