[aprssig] N4243B

Scott Miller scott at opentrac.org
Fri Apr 18 20:31:51 EDT 2008

And here Lockheed Martin is spending billions of dollars to develop a 
STOVL aircraft - someone should tell them that a Piper Cub in a stiff 
breeze can do the same thing.  =]


bob evinger wrote:
> maybe he was flying into one heck of a headwind... I've flown backwards 
> before putzing around in my bird with a top speed of about 60. decided 
> to cool off and go up to just below 10,000 and back down. truned into the
> wind and kept slowing it up trying to hit 0 watching the gps and never saw
> it. finally gave up, added throttle started slowing down, added more 
> throttle slowed down some more, more 0, then showing speed again and a 
> magic 180 degree direction change w/o doing anything... can you say 
> DUHHHHHHHHHHH. I had been at an airspeed of about 30, doing a ground 
> spee d of 20 going the other direction.
> I started out just a few miles from my strip. it took me forever to get 
> back home and then only when I  dropped below about 3,000 did I start 
> making anyreal headway.  It didnt help that I decided to turn with the 
> tail wnid and see what kind of a ground speed I could muster. Never had 
> it over 100 ground speed before, or since and I didnt do it too long for 
> fear
> of spending the rest of the day getting home.
> sometimes I throw my pocket tracker in, sometimes I dont.(note the aprs 
> reference). :)
> bob
> On Fri, 18 Apr 2008, Earl Needham wrote:
>> At 12:05 PM 4/18/2008, Chuck.Gooden at comcast.net wrote:
>>> N4243B looks like  the callsign for a plane.  Check the FAA database.
>>        It is.  It's registered to a Bellanca Viking, but the owner's 
>> name doesn't show up in a search at QRZ.com.  Well, that's going by 
>> <http://home.att.net/~bsviking/dec06.html> -- and the FAA database 
>> shows the same name, so I guess it's still a puzzle, as the packets 
>> from N4243B do no contain a valid amateur radio callsign.
>>        BTW, the station identifying as N4243B today was only moving at 
>> about 55-60 MPH.  A Viking should make 150 or more.
>>        7 3
>>        Earl
>> KD5XB -- Earl Needham
>> Clovis, New Mexico DM84jk
>> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cw_bugs
>> Quoting from the Coast Guard: ZUT
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