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Spy Recorder and/or Repeater Circuit - VOX3

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Recorder and/or Repeater Electronic Circuit - VOX3
Resistors: 1/4 Watt
R1 = 220 Ohm
R2 = 12K
R3 = 10K
R4 = 22K
R5 = 330K
R6 = 10K
R7 = 56K
R8 = 1 MEG
R9 = 22K
R10 = 1K
R11 = 10K
Capacitors: - Disc Or Electrolytic ( Electrolytic
Shown with +/- )  All Low Voltage
C1 = .05 ( Note: A .047 Can Also Be Used Here )
C2 = 6.8 MFD
C3 = .05 ( Note: A .047 Can Also Be Used Here )
C4 = 470 MFD
C5 = 4.7 MFD
C6 = .001
C7 = .05 ( Note: A .047 Can Also Be Used Here )
C8 = 1 MFD
C9 = .001
C10 = 470 MFD
Transistors: Digi-Key Electronics
Q1,  2N3904 - NPN
Q2,  2N3906 - PNP
Q3, Q4,  2N3904 - NPN
A Standard 555 Timer Chip. Place A Jumper Wire Between Pins 6 and 7
D1, D2:
1N4148 Diodes
ON/OFF Switch:
Any, On / Off Switch Will Do - connecting the + side of the 9 volt battery to
the circuit
9.0 Volts D.C. The Negative Side Of The Battery Connects To The On/Off
Switch to ground
Any Relay that has a "MINIMUM" -  of 500 Ohms On It's Coil. I have used
several from 500 Ohms up.
Any 6 volt L.E.D. This is simply an indicator light that cycles on - when a
transmission is being received. Adjust the value of resistor R10 for a brighter
or dimmer L.E.D.. Decrease the value for "BRIGHT" - Increase the value for
When used as a recorder actuator - use a standard male mono jack, along
with a patch cord -  to feed the "Remote" port of your recorder. When used
as a repeater, connect in series with the "Transmit" button of your transmitter
Use a Patch Cord ( 1/8" ) to connect from your receiver "EAR" or external
speaker port at this point
Use a patch cord along with a male mono jack ( 1/8" ) to connect from this
point to the "Mic" input portion of your recorder when using this circuit as a
remote receiver to recorder actuator. When using this circuit as a repeater,
add a resistor from the output of C2 that will feed directly into the modulator
of your transmitter. Start with a 1MEG and then reduce the value until you
have clear audio from your transmitter into it's new frequency.

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Back in 1996 when I was going thru a divorce, I wound up in a trailer park
down in South Georgia, Savannah to be exact. With little money left, lab gone, home gone and
virtually nothing left but the shirt on my back - I still had my wits about me, 35 years of experience in
building and selling custom and "Sole Source" surveillance gear to Law Enforcement, a truckload of
lab gear, Betsey Lee my dog, and thankfully a solid reputation for producing the impossible.
I set my new lab up and my workbench which was an old wood door supported by two five gallon
paint buckets, one on each end.
I left Savannah the next morning and traveled up the eastern seaboard into South Carolina, and then
back over into west Georgia, and 14 hours later arrived back in Savannah.
In the 14 hours I was on the road, I visited 9 Police Departments, 5 Sheriffs offices ( All
Their Drug Squads ) one FBI Office and one State Agency, the Southeastern Georgia Drug Task
Force that was operating in southern Georgia and Northern Florida in that area know as "Cocaine
In that 14 hours I procured 6 contracts for equiptment. A few body transmitters, a concealed
transmitter, a couple of RTR units and one wall/door/window amp - The A15 Unit.
The most interesting request that I had was for a unit that would
automatically monitor, and record cell phone traffic. I knew at the time that, that
would be virtually impossible since anyone with knowledge of the cell system at that time and even
today is aware that as a signal becomes weak in one area, when a subject is moving such as in an
automobile, it will switch off to another stronger tower, therefore a new frequency change in any of
hundreds of channels.
Another request that I had, when I contracted one of the small low-powered concealed
crystal controlled bug transmitters was for a repeater that would pick up it's weak signal on it's
operating frequency and then re-transmit that audio on another frequency at a very high power so it
could be received miles away.
Regarding the cell phone monitor request above, and also the request for a
repeater circuit, the VOX3 circuit below came into being. I was told that the subject using his
cell phone was in a fixed location and not moving around, and # 2 the only way I could produce the
repeater was if they supplied me with one of their portable Walkie Talkies set to the frequency they
wanted to monitor. The VOX3 fit the bill for both applications. I modified a standard scanner for the
cell phone frequencies, had a Police Walkie Talkie on hand - and went to work.

spy recorder, repeater circuit
When The Unit Is In Operation, and anything is picked up when used as an automatic recorder, the relay actuates and automatically starts the recorder. When the conversations stop, the relay stops and the recorder stops.
When used as a repeater, the relay feature feeds the mike button circuit rather than a recorder input