I had only one circa 1970, GI-Joe green Walkie-Talkie that, to the untrained eye, only sits there and occasionally generates static.
But to an observer of the correct age and attitude, this toy can evoke images of a childhood past, friends and fun times.
So since it's got no partner to talk to, won't generate any money on eBay and it's too cool to just throw out, how can we bring it back to life!??
Bluetooth is the answer my friend! ...I have plenty of old Bluetooth earpieces stuffed in the junk drawer, missing ear-buds, broken ear-loops and worn out batteries...let's hack one into the Walkie-Talkie and turn it into a cell phone speaker phone!
It's a practical project even! I don't have Bluetooth in my old truck...and now with the finished Walkie-Talkie, I can take hands free calls!
What's needed for this Instructable:
- Hackable Walkie-Talkie (or maybe an answering machine or old telephone??)
- Bluetooth earpiece (available as low as $10 on Amazon and eBay)
- Multi-meter (ideally with "Square Wave Generator" setting)
- Soldering Iron and Solder
- Glue to connect the headset to the Walkie (I used a 3M product called "Scotch Maximum Strength Adhesive")
- Electrical tape
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Step 1: Find a Candidate Bluetooth Headset (or two, or three)
This thing is vintage 1970 and cool. It was made (in Japan) by a Minnesota company (Gambles), even has a schematic inside the back cover. Needless to say, I didn't really want to gut the thing. My first thought was to pop open a Bluetooth headset, only keep the important bits and jam them INSIDE the Walkie.
Two Problems: Unfortunately the headsets were more difficult to disassemble than I had planned, and I realized that I'd want access to the headset to charge it and press the buttons.
So new plan: simply break off the ear piece from the Bluetooth headset, exposing the speaker wires, run the speaker wires through the side of the Walkie and solder them onto the speaker, thus leaving the Bluetooth in a convenient location