There's a component position drawing in the on-line manual along with instructions on how to set the AGC pot and the S-Meter zero pot on the PC board. One or both of those setting being off could cause the S-meter to read high.
Thanks, I've done that, still have the issue. I will get my schematic this week, it's not here. I have a hard time reading the schematics in PDF format. thanks again for the comments so far. cheers.