I picked up a Honest Abe for next to nothing. It is a real dog as far as modulating goes. It keys five watts and swings to 8 watts - that is all it can do. Pretty anemic - to say the least. It's got the 858 PLL chip in it, so I know it has potential. But on a watt meter, it really blows chunks - modulates slowly and reluctantly. I'm a huge fan of President radios, and I want to give this radio to a neighbor so that he can get on the band. I tried clipping the diode, but it doesn't do much still - so I soldered it back. Turning the modulation pot on the board all the way up did next to nothing for it. I understand this chassis is the same (?) as a Cobra 29 XLR, but I could be very wrong. I'm hoping for insights and some solid tips to make this a loud talker without using a linear, so I need to extract the potential from this little honey. Any good links or replacement/substitute parts suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.