it actually sounds like its working ok, but need you to do one more test first.
the driver and finals are probably fine if you are getting that much wattage, but there can be a problem when both bias adjustments are not "in sync" on the dual finals.
the radio will act like one of them is not there.
that could be why you are not getting the full 25 watts of PEP watts when in SSB
your ability to only get 1 watt of deadkey would seem to indicate that this is not what is happening though.
try adjusting VR13 and VR16 one more time but do it the way i show you here.
(they work with eachother and adjusting one does affect the other)
this should be done in AM
mode in the normal CB
band, channel 20.
mic gain all the way down.
first, turn the RF power knob all the way up.
now adjust VR13 for max deadkey, but not more than 8 watts.
if you still cant get more than about 1-3 watts deadkey, turn VR16 to its mid position, and check deadkey again.
right now ill assume you were able to get a decent deadkey. if you werent, read further for a few more checks to do.
now turn the RF power knob all the way down.
adjust VR16 for 1 watt deadkey.
now turn the RF power knob back up all the way and re-check your deadkey.
if it need adjusting, turn VR13 to get the "max deadkey" that you want.
this can take a bit of bouncing back and forth to get the wattage you want for max and minimum RF power knob setting.
the thing is to have the RF power knob all the way up when you adjust VR13, and all the way down when you adjust VR16.
as for the driver and final bias setting, your meter going to 400mA is just fine because you will only be measuring 50 to 100mA.
lets make sure you are doing this right.
remember that measuring current is not the same as measuring voltage.
when measuring voltage, you put one lead to ground and one lead to the voltage point, which would be "parallel".
when measuring current you put the meter leads in "series" with the wire/lead carrying the current.
if you have ever set your meter to read mA and put one lead to ground and one to the Test Point, then you have probably blown the fuse in your meter and need to replace it.
ok, to measure the bias current for the driver, set the radio to either USB or LSB, turn the mic gain all the way down, and remove the bias or "mirror" board.
set your meter to read mA and connect the positive lead to TP9.
to read the driver bias, connect the negative lead to TP8 (closer to the driver).
now key the mic and read the bias current on the meter.
adjust VR11 for 50mA.
because your radio is a dual final radio, you have to do the bias reading a certain way.
leave the positive lead on TP9 and move the negative lead to TP7 (closer to the finals)
key the mic and turn VR10 all the way down as noted by seeing a reducing reading on your meter.
now with the mic still keyed, turn VR20 all the way down, and you should see a reading of 0 mA on your meter.
now adjust VR10 for 50mA, and then adjust VR20 to increase the reading to 100mA.
replace the mirror board.
if you werent able to get a decent deadkey on AM
, measure the voltage on the mirror board in AM
and tell me what that voltage is.
(remember that since you are now measuring voltage, one lead goes to ground and one lead goes to the mirror board)