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The first thing that I put on my NEScaf board was a diode - in the hole for the +ve power lead. Too darn easy to get the power leads wrong!
And then I started playing!!
Discovered that when I used the filter for RTTY, it appears to work about the same as my 250 hz 8.8mhz filter - as far as the waterfall is concerned anyway. Of course the crystal filter will have other benefits - and is a lot pricier....
My NEScaf went together just fine, thanks to the great manual. My FT 817ND does not have a CW filter, so its a great accessory. I had made a tilt stand for the 817 using a CD case, so I put the NEScaf board inside that case, drilled holes in the front of the stand and mounted the switch, both pots, and the audio out jack. Power and audio in come out the rear of the case. Not exactly "show quality" but it looks OK, saves another box on the desk, and puts the controls just below the rig controls.