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Old 10-19-04, 09:14 PM
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Equipment for recording phone calls?

I have been receiving some threatening calls from my ex-wife and would like to record them, just in case. What equipment should I look into. Thanks.
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Answering machine?
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I thought that was illegal? Go to the police and say you want a trace put on your line. They will contact your phone company and they will record the sources off all your incoming calls. Then when you get a threatening call call the phone company and they will tell the cops who owns the phone number that called you.
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mini tape recorder?

check your state laws since it may be illegal. go to www.freeadvice.com
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Probably is illegal without her consent.

For a minute there I thought Bill O'Reilly was calling you, too.
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TonyLomak: (Answers phone) Hello?
CrazyExWife: (Random threats)
TonyLomak: I'm recording this call and every call from you.


There ya go. She'll either hang up or you have consent. Win-win.
Old 10-19-04, 09:31 PM
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www.dictaphone.com

http://shop.dictaphone.com/productDetail.asp?id=21

High-quality stuff. Hit play, pick up the phone, and be on your way.

Glad I could help.
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Originally posted by nevermind
Probably is illegal without her consent.
Well, if his goal is to not talk to her, then it may be a good idea.

Her: You....
Him: This call may be recorded for quality and training purposes
Her: *Click*

Mission accomplished
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http://expertpages.com/news/taping_conversations.htm

A majority of the states and territories have adopted wiretapping statutes based on the federal law. Thirty-eight states and the District of Columbia permit an individual to record a conversation to which they are a party without informing the other party that they are doing so. These laws are referred to as “one-party consent” statutes, and as long as you are a party to the conversation, it is legal for you to record it.

Twelve states require, under most circumstances, the consent of all parties to a conversation. Those jurisdictions are California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Washington. Be aware that you will sometimes hear these referred to inaccurately as “two-party consent” laws. If there are more than two people involved in the conversation, all must consent to the taping.
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Illinois.

That's why I thought it was illegal in most places.
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I checked the laws for my state online and also with the sheriff dept. It is legal to record my own conversations but I may not be able to use it in court. I have an answering machine but she gets more colorful when I am on the phone. It is a difficult situation because we have children together.

I would like something that automatically records when the phone is picked up and stops when hung up. Preferably something I can keep out of sight so the kids don't say "Hey we're recording you."

Ga. Code Ann. § 16-11-62: Secretly recording or overhearing a conversation held in a private place, whether carried out orally or by wire or electronic means, is criminally punishable as a felony under statutory provisions regarding invasions of privacy. However, the law expressly provides that it does not prohibit a person who is a party to a conversation from recording and does not prohibit recording if one party to the conversation has given prior consent. Ga. Code Ann. § 16-11-66.
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I don't want to start repeating myself, but I can almost guaren-damn-tee that you can buy an answering machine that will do what you want.

So...

1) Answering machine.

2) If you want to be able to use the recording in court, tell her she's being taped.
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for laws:
http://www.rcfp.org/taping/
for equipment:
http://www.spycompany.com/
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but to use an answering machine for this you'd want one that uses tapes. do they still make those?

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I knew those skymall magazines in airplanes would come in handy one of these days:

http://www.skymall.com/webapp/skysto...2&catId=Search
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google anyone?

http://www.spylife.com/8hrrecorder.html
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If you want cheap, Radio Shack sells a device for $14 that plugs and recording device with a miniplug input (small cassette recorder, whatever) directly into the line between your handset and the telephone. It is not one of those lame suction cup things that sound like crap. It does a great job.

As far as automatic recording, I would imagine any recorder that has a voice-activation setting would do the trick.
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If you have an old modem and microphone or headset laying aroundyou can always use your computer to answer the phone and record conversations. This would probably take a bit more effort than the other methods mentioned so far, but it might be free if you have the right junk laying around. (Lord knows I do. I've got a freakin' box full of modems and crappy mic's that came with soundcards.)
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I use this from Radio Shack. I think this might be what Mr. Salty was referring to.

It plugs into an old tape recorder I have, and voila: recorded phone calls. Cheap and easy.

Me, I use it for recording interviews with actors and directors for my "side job", so it's all street legal.

Handy!
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it sounds like he knows who is making the calls and from where


Originally posted by Mopower
I thought that was illegal? Go to the police and say you want a trace put on your line. They will contact your phone company and they will record the sources off all your incoming calls. Then when you get a threatening call call the phone company and they will tell the cops who owns the phone number that called you.

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