Current List of Hackable Radios
The basic method for hacking a radio has involved finding the mute wire and cutting it, or in some radios, finding the mute pin and snapping it off. The goal in hacking a radio is to remove the mute feature while the radio is in scan mode – this allows all of the white noise and static to come through during the scan. The working theory is that this additional noise allows for communication to occur through the ghost boxes.
Since 2012, there have been several radios that have been re-released with newer circuitry and are considered unhackable for ghost box purposes (including the Radio Shack and Sangean models). The newer versions of the classic ghost box radios now generally have a ribbon connector which makes hacking these radios to make ghost boxes next to impossible.
We are sure this list is incomplete as there are new radios being hacked all the time; and if you have a radio that is not included on this list that can be hacked, please let us know by emailing ITC@ITCvoices.org so we may include it.
List of Hackable “Shack Hack,” Type Ghost Box Radios – 2014
This list should be used in conjunction with the ghost box types information provided on this site in 2011.
Radio Shack Hackable Ghost Boxes
Radio Shack Model 12-587
Radio Shack Model 1200587 (requires soldering and an external switch)
Radio Shack Model 12-150
Radio Shack Model 20-125
- Updated to the 200125 with the new model; the new model is not hackable.
Radio Shack Model 12-589
Radio Shack Model 12-820
Radio Shack Model 12-469
Radio Shack Model 12-470
Radio Shack Model 12-588
Radio Shack Model 12-804
Radio Shack Model 12-791
Radio Shack Model 12-174
- This is a Sangean DT-200V that has been repackaged for Radio Shack.
Radio Shack Model 12-802
Radio Shack Model 16-626
Optimus Hackable Ghost Boxes
Optimus Model 12-792 (need to cut the beep wire as well)
Sangean Hackable Ghost Boxes
Note: Sangean’s are mostly shipping with ribbons now as opposed to the pin and wire circuit boards. There are no known hacks for the ribbon models yet.
Sangean Model DT-200x (pre-2012 models only)
Sangean Model DT-200vx (pre-2012 models only)
Sangean Model DT-200v
Sangean Model DT-400w
Sony Walkman Hackable Ghost Boxes
These Sony Walkman series ghost boxes are not “hacked,” per se; rather the ghost box function is obtained via clamping the scan button or holding it down.
Sony Walkman Model SRF M37w
Sony Walkman Model SRF M37v
Jensen Hackable Ghost Boxes
Jensen Model SAB-55b
- The SAB-55a and SAB-55c are not hackable versions of this radio.
Coby Hackable Ghost Boxes
Hitachi Hackable Ghost Boxes
Grundig Hackable Ghost Boxes
Grundig Satellit 700
- This box is sweepable directly out of the box from the manufacturer
Koss Hackable Ghost Boxes
Memorex Hackable Ghost Boxes