The Caritas Speaker Kit benefiting 88.1 FM, WYCE Community Radio
The name Caritas is Latin for Charity. The charity is a community radio station, WYCE. Thus, what we have for you is an entry-level speak kit that gives two ways.
This kit fulfills a good number of needs, but before I expand in more detail, I’d like to tell you the story behind this kit.
I’m a huge fan of our local, community radio station and give faithfully during the twice-yearly funds’ drive, but wanted to do more. Brewing in the back of my mind for the past several years as an entry-level kit in which part of the proceeds would give by to the station. I knew the kit had to be inexpensive to get most builders involved and that parts had to be decent as well.
I knew the only way this would work is if I could find some quality units on the surplus market. The tweeters came first and turned out to be an easy find. The BC25TG-15 is a respected, low-cost unit from Vifa/Peerless. The quirk that made this a surplus unit was that these are magnetically shielded. With CRT’s extinct, the shielded driver became expendable. Once the first batch of these kits was sold, I search for more surplus and David came through again with the guys at Outlaw Audio. They were scaling back the speaker’s side of things and had a bunch of custom, OEM SB tweeters. These are also magnetically shielded and have an odd shape faceplate. It will be a challenge for most to flush mount, but Jeff says surface mounting will be just fine.
The woofer tuned out to be harder to find than I ever thought. I sifted through countless units that came on the market, either find them unusable for the cabinet size targeted, the wrong impedance, or the response so bad that crossover design would be a nightmare.
I made a call to David Stephens at SB Acoustics to see if perhaps that had anything – a mistake, overrun, or cancellation. After hearing my story, David said “what do you need, we’ll make it for you” SB was kind with the price too. A made to order woofer at the surplus price!
Having all the drivers on hand we set out to design the network. When Jeff Bagby heard the story he wanted to be part of the process, so he chipped in and came up with a pretty simple design that works very well and keeps the parts cost low.
Here’s what it will do for you.
I wanted this kit to fulfill the needs of many.
The first time kit buyer might prefer to start with something safe and inexpensive. I know you’re a bit apprehensive about spending a lot of time and hard-earned money on a project that you might not be sure about the outcome.
The seasoned builder looks for that go-to kit for friends and relatives. The build is easy and the recipient is always grateful to a custom system that is hard to come by at a retail level these days. The time working on a project like this with a Son or Grand Daughter is priceless.
The school project is another great idea. We’ve had a number of Physics and shop teachers offer their students the kit ideas as a senior class project.
The side benefit.
A good portion of what you pay for this kit goes to WYCE. You did something nice and didn’t feel a thing!
I could go into great detail on how great WYCE is and how it can benefit you as well, but I won’t. That is a story for another time. For now, this is all you need:
What’s In The Kit?
The Bare Bones Kit includes all the drivers and crossover parts:
- 2 x SB / Outlaw soft dome tweeters
- 2 x SB, OEM 6.5″ woofer, Paper/Rubber
- 2 x Crossover parts – specified inductors, film capacitors
The Full Kit adds all the extras to make it complete:
- 2 x compression terminal cups
- 2 x Internal hookup wire
- 2 x Mounting hardware
- 2 x Port Tubes
- 2 x Internal damping material
- Complete Plans
Here’s what to do next
This kit is a no-brainer. It is a perfect fit for you in so many ways. Scroll up to the buy button and click! I didn’t mention this, but we have just 50 sets available. We’ll certainly get more but avoid the lull.
The system is a nominal 8-ohm impedance and will work fine with most receivers.
The cabinet is 14L or .5 cu ft. The photo of the cabinets is the 25th – Silver Anniversary system donated to the station to be auction off. Note the signatures of all past and present programmers from the station.
PS -You might be wondering, a radio station as a charity? Aren’t there more deserving causes out there? Yes, there are, but I’ve heard it said you give with your heart. Maybe that endangered South American Tree Toad is low on your list, but its saliva might end up as a cure for cancer one day. You never know. Perhaps music is a cure for what ails our minds.
PPS Fun fact – the kit price is the same as the station call letters 88.1, the first number on the dial. Or, go to http://www.wyce.org/ and listen. You will be in for a treat. https://grcmc.org/wyce/support