Therein lies the beauty of building/customizing your own radio .. you choose to make it work the way you want it to.
If you don't plan to use it for CW, then there is no need to worry about sidetone !
This also applies to my philosophy on enclosures. There are some very nice commercially made uBITX enclosures out there but I would rather
"roll my own" as I then I am free to determine what goes on the front panel and where it is located. Some people don't care, some do ... it is nice
to have the choice.
Thanks again for sharing your mods ...