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Notes Applicable for all DDS-60 Kits ...

Max Supply Voltage is 12V -- We had previously stated that the supply voltage for the DDS-60 card could reach as high as 16V, making it convenient for use with power supplies on the workbench.  However, we recently discovered that the maximum voltage stated in the spec sheet for the AD8008 amplifier used on the DDS-60 card is 12.6V, thus we strongly recommend not using any higher voltage than this for your application using the DDS-60.  We have not heard of any AD8008 failures when powered with a higher-than-spec voltage, but it is definitely recommended to ensure operation of the IC within its specified supply voltage range.  We apologize for any inconveniences.  [In an earlier design of the "DDS Amp" circuitry, the designers had used a similar op amp that was indeed spec'd for a higher supply voltage, and they neglected to catch this difference voltage specification when changing to use of the similar AD8008 op amp.] 

U5 and R16 no longer provided in the kits -- We removed the "digipot control feature" from the DDS-60 design since it was not operating as intended.  Thus U5 and R16 are no longer provided in the kit, nor referenced in the manual, schematic or parts list.

Jumpers on pc board -- Users must be sure to place jumpers on either the 'a' pads on the top side of the pcb, as shown in the photo below. These jumpers connect the proper feedback resistor in the first RF amplifier section.

Reference Oscillator U8 or U4 ?? -- There is a typo in the Assembly and Manual at Assembly step #8: "Attach oscillator U8 with notched end 'up' ". The reference oscillator is, of course, U4.  (There is no U8 in this project!)  The quick assembly sheet also instructs the builder to U8 and that should also be 'U4'.

R19 and C5 shown reveresed in photo -- R19 and C5 can actually be installed in either position - they are electrically equivalent and it was just my goof in assembling my board used for the photo.

C4 and R7 not installed in the photo?? -- For optimum performance, C4 and R7 should not be installed.  Keeping them off extends the "flatness" out a bit farther, resulting to a better signal for us. 
(It won't harm anything if the components are in place, but you should take them off for the best possible frequency response performance.



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