New Rules for Maunakea

Hawaii Governor David Ige has approved new administrative rules for the management of Maunakea.  Some of these regulations could impact Amateur/Ham Radio activities near the Mauna Kea summit.

Thanks to Tony Kitchen (WH6CVI) for these excerpts from the final management plan:

Accessed on 14 January 2020, 2310 UTC, Post 1278.

Source:  Email from Tony

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/h/7eu1ud1dh4zn/?&th=16fa53f22b55ed26&v=c

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The Governor has approved new rules for Maunakea, including rules prohibiting two-way radio transmissions. An excerpt from the relevant section of the rules appears below.

https://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/2020/01/14/hawaii-news/governor-approves-rules-for-maunakea/

§20-26-23 Preservation of scientific and educational resources. The following activities are prohibited within the UH management areas north of Halepōhaku: (1) Using any radio transmitter, including but not limited to two-way radios, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices, and cellular telephones; provided that, cellular telephones may be used for emergency purposes or when radio transmission is suspended, for example by using airplane mode; (2) Directing artificial illumination, for example, lasers and flashlights, at or near observatories; or (3) Conducting any other activity that materially interferes with the scientific and educational operations of the astronomical facilities or research equipment or with the protection of the scientific resources. [Eff ] (Auth: HRS §§304A-105, 304A-1903) (Imp: HRS §§304A-103, 304A-105, 304A-1903)

See page 638 of the “Notice of Special Board of Regents Meeting November 6, 2019” under the link below.

http://www.hawaii.edu/offices/bor/regular/materials/201911060945/Special_BOR_Meeting_of__11_06_19__Materials___FOR_UPLOAD.pdf

Tony Kitchen
WH6DVI

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