I just wanted to express my deepest thanks to you and your team of ham communication experts!
The 2011 Bike MS Wild West ride was a tremendous success, and has already raised over $100,000 to help end the devastating effects of Multiple Sclerosis! A large portion of the reason for that success lies in the members of your team of awesome volunteers! The hams as a group rose to the challenge again this year to provide our riders with an unsurpassed level of safety and security as they plodded along those 100.2 heat scorched miles from Amarillo to Canadian.
Your team expertly facilitated on of the most dramatic events in the history of Wild West rides. As the air temperatures on Saturday rose over 107*F, the pavement temperatures crested 125*F, and the heat index soared through the roof; The safety of the riders became endangered, and the situation grew critical as riders began suffering the effects of the extreme temperatures. The decision to call off the ride on Saturday was made, despite it not being a popular decision by a few riders, and the hams were able to get this information to the riders out on the course in an amazingly short time. It is quite possible that the swift actions of the hams and the effective use of coordinated ham communications during this crisis event may have saved multiple riders from grave danger. This is the exact reason that the hams are so critical to our ride and the exact reason that we are so thankful to have you as team members.
Please relay to your team my personal and heartfelt gratitude for volunteering for this event again this year and please relay to the Caprock Intertie organization our gratitude for maintaining such a useful and pertinent system that continues to provide a definite measure of sefety and security to the entire population of the tri-state region.
Matthew Carter, KF5CBT