Some of us might remember those days of listening to the BBC news on a floor console shortwave radio set. The sound was Hi-Fi quality and filled the room with the booming, warm authoritative tones of the radio announcer reporting the daily news from London, as you relaxed in your big easy chair... What if I told you you can bring back that same full bodied sound quality to your radio again, even if it's a modern solid state rig by constructing this economical external speaker for your shack? This project speaker for your station simply rivals any manufacturer supplied external speaker made for your rig hands down. Metal or plastic speaker enclosures, or using lesser quality plastic computer speakers, or other smaller bookshelf type speakers in the shack are simply no substitute and just will not do ! When it comes to external speakers, there's no substitute for what you hear from a big wooden speaker enclosure and a much bigger speaker. Yes that's right, bigger is indeed better! In fact, speaker size itself is what makes all the difference in what, and how you hear something on your radio. Why? Because even the very weak stations you strained and struggled to hear in the past on smaller external speakers, now sound like they are right there in front and center on a bigger speaker. You can now hear more information in the audio making it much more legible to understand than before, so there's simply no more straining to hear anyone in the distance anymore. This project is a 12" external speaker setup for your station. I start by choosing a vented wooden speaker enclosure as typically found at any local stereo install shop or outdoor flea market car stereo vendor in your local vicinity. Typically the speaker enclosure is around $20 or so, cash and carry. (no shipping costs. ) Purchase a high quality, powder coated steel mesh speaker grill for around $5 - $6 as supplied by same stereo install shop / fleamarket vendor. I would avoid plastic versions as they can crack, although it will be cheaper to purchase though. Find an old full range (not bass reflex) paper speaker to install inside. These are available on Ebay, fleamarkets, guitar amplifier parts places, salvage from old ceiling mounted PA speaker, ( other suggestions? etc.) The speaker doesn't in any way need to to be capable of handling high power. Less is better so 10 to 20 watt rating is just about perfect and will do. I found one of these speakers at a local flea market vendor in my area for only $10. Next, install the paper speaker inside the wooden enclosure, wire it all up, install the steel grill on the front to protect the speaker, plug it into your rig and your new station speaker will look and sound like no other Here's an actual demo of what you will hear... Choosing the right external speaker for your station makes it very easy and enjoyable to listen to for hours, without experiencing listening fatigue and it's like HD audio for your ears. You simply can't buy a more fully capable, external speaker for your station that sounds any better than one you can easily make yourself.