The reason why I have hesitated with the 950 is mainly because of the high power lines. I am probably no more than a few hundred yards from the multi thousand volt lines. I understand the kenwood employs the most sophisticated noise canceling technology but comes at a cost. I went with the dipole over a verticle due to the nature of high noise with the verticle. I ended up getting an alpha delta dxee. I have everything ready for a rig but torn between the kenwood and yaesu. I like the cost of a used yaesu or icom 756 pro ii. I guess I'm looking for the advice if whether or not the price increase for the kenwood would be justified based on noise concern I have. I know there is noise because i can hear the noise by tuning to commercial AM stations. Not all stations and not at my home but if I drive up the block or around the block I get the noise.
Thanks for the adivce!
I have 27,500 volt lines about 15 feet above one end of my 80 meter dipole. At the back of the lot I have 4,500 volt lines about 15 feet above the other leg of the 80 meter dipole.
I own and have operated a FT-950 for the past two years. I actually do not get any noise off those power lines in front and back of my house. I do get some line noise from some lines that are across the street and run between the back to back lots there.
Not too many noise blankers will help you with line noise. Oh sure they will help a little but don't hold your breath.
The Noise Reduction in the FT-950 will help some what, if you know how to properly adjust it.
Your best bet is to add a noise cancelling unit to your station if you find the noise is that bad. Have you actually had a radio hooked up to your dipole to see if you have the noise or are you just figuring you will have it.
I find that high power lines are usually maintained well, it is the lower voltage lines that have bad grounds, cracked insulators etc.
I can vouch for the FT-950, I like it. Otherwise it would not still be in my shack.