It was not the power strip after all but it was the Ryobi battery charger that was causing all that noise.
Very happy to report that I solved a MAJOR noise issue thats been affecting my radio for some time! I have been having horrible static and this really loud popping sound across all the bands. I’ve suffered with this noise since I got my Icom IC-7000 HF radio in June. Since I’m new to the hobby and didn’t have any radio experience to know the difference I kinda thought it was just environmental to be honest. I knew there was always going to be some noise so I thought maybe this was just it. However, after posting a video of it and hearing others point out that it was obviously not right and that I should look for the source of the noise I decided to try hunting it down using my handheld radio. I tuned the RX on my Kenwood TH-F6A to the same 10m freq. and could hear lots of noise but I couldn’t hear the popping sound so I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to figure it out.
Initially I walked around the house with my handheld and found plenty of sources of noise when I put the HT near them but I never heard the popping. I kept going and finally decided to try outside since after all that is where my antenna is.
First place I went outside was into the outdoor laundry room we have since it’s the only other place with electrical outlets and appliances (washer and dryer). Anyway, as soon as I walked in the noise got pretty loud on the handheld. As I walked closer the the outlet in there the noise got really loud. Still no popping but it was just so loud. Hanging off the outlet was a really old power strip. I’m talking really old! I unplugged the power strip and the noise instantly went away. I ran inside and checked the radio and sure enough it was dead quiet. Before I unplugged the power strip my noise level was an S7 and the popping would take it over S9 periodically. Now the noise didn’t even register on the S meter on the radio. My NR (noise reducer) actually works now and doesn’t just muffle the noise! Very very happy about this, only wish I had bothered to track it down sooner.
Below is a video I made showing the noise I was experiencing on all the bands. The video starts by demonstrating the really high noise levels. At 30 seconds in to the video I unplug the old power strip in the outdoor laundry room and you can see the noise level drop drastically from about an S7 to nothing. You can even start to hear voices come out of the noise once it drops calling CQ. I think its a pretty good demonstration of how old faulty equipment can generate really high noise levels.
Cause of the noise (Ryobi Lithium Battery Charger):
The noise it was causing: