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The recent story about the squawk code that included an "8" reminded me of a recent VFR clearance I got from my home base ground controller. I called for flight following with SoCal while on Ground, and the following conversation took place:

GND:
"Cessna 1234: After takeoff, turn right to 120; climb and maintain 3,000; squawk 4259; contact departure on 124.65."

Me:
"Right to 120; climb and maintain 3,000; squawk 4259 but my digits only go to 7."

GND:
"Ah, squawk 4257. Can't read my own writing."

Me:
"O.K., 4257 and 124.65. But my radio volume control goes to 11!"

GND:
"Good one."


Ray Stratton
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