answered your own question..
it's a french rig, so it's limited to 4w and 12w..
you need to locate the VR for the power and the ALC for SSB and somewhere they will be linked out with a couple of resistors..remove the offending items and power should be returned..
a way to prove this is to find the AM VR and ALC VR and adjust them, they shouldn't do anything, this shows they have been linked out at the factory..your just un doing their mods.
I found the resistor added for the ALC. I removed it and now have 21W+ on SSB. There isn't one on the FM preset though. The power is still 4W and the variable is still inactive. Any ideas?