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i will show you how to make a listening device from a walkie talkie.
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Step 1: What you'll need

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Things Youll Need:

Set of walkie talkies
Masking tape
Paper clip
Private conversation

Step 2: Buy it

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Purchase or acquire two quality walkie talkies

Step 3: Press

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Press down the talk button on one of the walkie talkies.

Step 4: Tape it up!

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Place masking tape on the talk button and wrap the tape around the walkie talkie making sure to cover the talk button.

Step 5: Put on the clip

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Lay a small paper clip or another small object on top of the talk button. The masking tape will protect it from being damaged by the paper clip.

Step 6: Keep Wrapping

Continue to wrap the walkie talkie with masking tape, covering the talk button. This will keep the talk button on.

Step 7: Hide It

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Hide the walkie talkie with the masking tape around it in a room where you want to spy and listen in on its occupant's conversation.

Step 8: Leave the room

Go into a separate location when no one can hear your walkie talkie so that you can listen in on the conversation in private.

Step 9: Listen in

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Listen to the conversation to your heart's content.
What's the paper clip for ?
kivster3 years ago
Well you can listen in but until the battery dies i would give it a larger battery to let it last longer
And lets not forget that when batteries run low the dam walkie-talke lets out a beep ,indicating low battery.now your screwed.
Awesome, thats a really good techneak, whats the paperclip for
will electrical tape work instead of masking tape but GREAT Instructable and sweet pictures! =)
pennsteve5 years ago
Or you can buy 2 cheap tracfones, call one, hide the other one and then you can listen from miles and miles away.  Just hope you dont hit a bad service area.  :)
Kociubinska5 years ago
Many radios have a built-in voice activated transmit option.
CameronSS7 years ago
You needed nine steps to say "tape a paperclip to a walkie-talkie and leave in another room"?
Yeah,Its pathetic right?
am I going to have to flag this as "not nice"? because it doesn't really sound like a compliment.
*a very well deserved facepalm*
I agree. I died a little inside.
t3h CameronSS6 years ago
It's a complicated process :P
yzzid6 years ago
hiya, am not a professional HAM radio operator, but one thing i learned with working with radios...if you keep the PTT Push to Talk) depressed for a long time, you could end up burning up your Finals.. am not sure if this goes the same for Family Radio System (FRS)..thanks!!
macca4life6 years ago
ive tried it and i got caught i hid the walkie talkie under a chair and for some reason my two older brothers saw them and made a blag private convo where they said they where going to do a hit on someone so i ran down and said your not gunna do a hit on anyone without me and they said to me you F***ing idiot we sussed it out we saw you walkie talkie under the chair and now im grounded for 3 months my my mum and step dad for ease dropping
Now if they were going to do a hit, the ending would be different...for some.
Rye2121 (author)  macca4life6 years ago
lol that sucks...srry man.
What does the paperclip do?
ac1D7 years ago
do you have the seven autorization from the author of the picture to use them?
ReCreate ac1D6 years ago
No,They never do,They just rip the pictures off.
wow that mad over pictures?!?! lol...sad
What do you mean?
grundisimo6 years ago
oops i just pressed it.
batman966 years ago
goto dollar tree and buy a 1$ (duh) listening device and get a long extender audio cable and tada you are done
1nv3nt3r6 years ago
This was in one of the evil genius books but the design also incorporated a sensitive audio preamp.
Cool, I'd like an ible on how to do this with cell phones and connect it to the computer via USB with bare wires, like in burn notice!
psi30007 years ago
Nice quick idea. You could also solder a jumper on the PTT button and put a pre-amp to the mic to help pick up the lower voices.
fegundez17 years ago
use the vox feature and the walkie talkie should auto send by voice instead of having to hold down the talk button