You can listen to conversations from a remote location by preparing and properly positioning one walkie-talkie from a matched pair. Walkie-talkies transmit and receive radio signals to allow audio communication over varying distances. The microphone inside a walkie-talkie is engaged and receiving audio when the button on the side of the device is fully depressed. Leave one walkie-talkie microphone turned on to constantly send the audio feed a live conversation to the second radio in the pair.
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Things you need
- Black electrical tape
- Houseplant (optional)
- Earpiece (optional)
Read the operating instructions for the walkie-talkies to understand how they are operated. Radios with multiple channel choices should be set to the same clear and quiet frequency.
Turn both walkie-talkies on and depress the button on one unit to activate the microphone. Speak into the activated radio's microphone while listening to the other walkie-talkie to test the connection. Move both walkie-talkies to another channel if audio is not transmitting between the radios.
Tape down the button on one of the walkie-talkies so that the microphone is constantly engaged. Wrap the tape around the device until it is secured without covering the microphone.
Turn off the radio without tape on it to avoid the possibility of feedback noise while placing the activated device.
Hide the taped walkie-talkie in a houseplant or other well-hidden position that is approximately four to eight feet off the ground. Make sure the walkie-talkie's microphone is not blocked or covered.
Go to a location that is hidden and well within range of the listening device before turning on the second walkie-talkie. Keep the volume on the radio low or use an earpiece to avoid having your position discovered.
Tips and warnings
- Black and camouflage walkie-talkies are easier to hide than those with bright colours.
- Do not record or use overhead information in a manner that is illegal. Breaking into a private living area to place a hidden listening device can only be done legally with a warrant.
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