If my plane doesn't have a transponder and ATC tells me to squawk some transponder code, how should I respond? Is it just as simple as "I don't have a transponder"?
This is for the United States and for a plane with no electrical system, and obviously at a towered field where I would be communicating with ATC using a portable radio. No flight plans will be involved and I will generally be flying out of a class B field but within a class B umbrella. Flights will be VFR/daytime only.
EDIT: Looks like I opened up quite a can o' worms, here. I didn't know it would be this complicated. Just found this, too, which adds some more info. Thanks for the lively debate and the good suggestions.
Looks like it's getting more and more difficult to escape government control. I think I may have to get a transponder. Hmmm.