1. Take screws out of the back, 2 are under the clip.
2. Open radio up and swing away the top board
3. Cut the wire that lines up with the "Mute" designation on the board.
That's it, i've attached a picture of what the inside looks like. It's upside down, but the second wire down is it if you flipped it over. In the picture it's second up from the bottom.
Hultay Hack #5---(June 2009)
Radio Shack Model #12-587---$29.00
(NEW MODEL WITH RIBBON CANNOT BE HACKED)
1. Take 3 screws out of the back of the radio. 1 is in the back and 2 are in the battery compartment.
2. Open up the radio and you will see the circuit boards. Take the 3 screws out that are holding the top board to the bottom board.
3. Once screws have been removed, seperate the two board by gently pulling them apart.
4. The bottom board should now be exposed and you will see a row of pins at the bottom where it once plugged into the other board.
5. Locate the pin at the very bottom left and bend it back.
6. Re-assemble the boards back together and close the box. Putting the screws back into the circuit board is unneccesary. Just leave them out, the cover will make sure that the boards do not move.
(See Attached Pictures for pin location)
The Original "HULTAY HACK"
**** New Model Unhackable 2012-on
There is a couple simple ghost box knock-offs that are available through your local radio shack store. The model that is a little harder to find is the older version of the 12-470, which includes AM/FM/TV/WB and also has a built in speaker. This model is gray and white and comes in a box. Since that model was getter harder and harder to find i decided to buy another similar scanning radio and see if it was hackable as well. I picked up a #20-125 radio, which has AM/FM/SW and also has a built in speaker. It seems to work similar to the other RS models in sweep rates. The procedure for hacking this model is quite simple.
1. Take the 3 screws out 2. Take battery compartment lid off and use that as leverage to take the box apart. 3. Once removed you should see the top board exposed with the LCD screen. There is NO NEED to touch the bottom board at all, just leave it alone. 4. There are 2 Gray clips on the top and also on the bottom that hold the top board in place. 5. Release the clips and the top board should swing away quite easily, please make sure nothing falls out. The only thing that may fall out is a couple plastic buttons for light and SW band selector. Both no big deal and can be easily re-attached. 6. Underneath the top board you will see what looks to be similar to a harddrive ribbon for a computer. On the top of the board you will see abbreviations pertaining to components on the ribbon. What you need to look for is MU, it is the 7th one down from the top. 7. Locate the wire going to that from the bottom ribbon side of the board, you will probably have to use a straight razor to push away some of the glue covering the wires underneath. 8. Once the wire to the MU is exposed, just cut it with the same razor, should only take minimal effort being it's just a small wire. 9. Re-assemble together and when you turn on the unit no matter what band it will be just hold down the scan button either up or down until it starts going through the bands and now you can do some research. 10. This device may or may not work, but it's affordable to most. I think it was $39.95 at my local Radio Shack. Results may vary and require some patience.
ANOTHER "HULTAY HACK"----#4
SANGEAN DT-200VX--(03-06-09)--Also the DT200X Model
**** New Model Unhackable 2012-on
1. Take 3 screws out of case, 2 in the back and one in the battery compartment.
2. Take back cover off to expose inside of the radio.
3. No screws hold the board in, they are plugged into one another similar to the 12-469 set up.
4. Seperate the boards and find second row of pins and clip or bend back the 4th from the right.
5. Watch out for the buttons as you perform the hack, so you can re-assemble them back where they came from.
6. Install back cover on the unit and put screws back in.
7. Turn radio on and hold scan button down and you're good to go.