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First licensed in 1970 as G3ZOE in the UK, but after 48 years of work in England on missile guidance systems and two-way comms including Ham Radio, we retired to France where we have space for aerials and no complaints from the neighbours; well, we have no neighbours!!
The station is in Departement 87 (Haute-Vienne) of France, a very green and rural part of France with a very scattered population, it's very quiet and peaceful; most often the station manager (F4VPS) and myself would be outside tending to the 2.5+ acres we have here which includes over 2 acres of woodland that we harvest for winter warmth.  That has changed now as F4VPS is SK - 1/10/14
Les Salles Lavauguyon is a tiny village of 172 people tucked away in the south-west corner of the department just a few kms away from the border with both Dept 16 (Charente) and Dept 24 (Dordogne).
Provided the other computer is running, the weather in the garden is here or a snapshot below at the foot of the page.
Currently the station is Yaesu equipment, a FTdx5000 driving a VL-1000 Quadra amp.
Audio is run in balanced line using ex-BBC commercial mic transformers from a Behringer XM-8500 into an EQplus from W2IHY and then balanced audio again from the EQp to the auxillary high-level input of the FTdx5000 with another balanced line transformer just before the radio to provide the required unbalanced audio input.
Low freq aerials were a 250m (820ft) long horizontal loop for 80/40m at about 15m (50ft) strung between four trees in a roughly rectangular shape fed in one corner using 600R balanced open wire feeder which is matched/balanced with a Palstar BT1500A AMU (tuner). 
One corner tree unfortunately lost 12m (40ft) from the top in a storm and so the corner and convenient feedpoint for the loop was lost.  This was replaced by a 74m long doublet at 18m high but also fed with 600R open line using the BT1500A.
For the higher bands there is a Hy-Gain TH5MK2 on a 18m free-standing crank-up tower which has been fitted with an electric winch for easy and quick raising/lowering.
There are always questions about our locator, (JN05is) because we are in reality 2kms to the north-east of Les Salles Lavauguyon itself and only just inside the bottom line of this square and about halfway along, indeed part of our woodland to the south-west is in the next square down.
Incidentally, French calls that start with the leading V in the suffix denote an initial licence from outside France (a reciprocal licence), so almost invariably a non-national (!) is behind the callsign; so don't come back with fast French as I'm still working (slowly) on the language. . . . . . . . . surprise
73
Richard.

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WA7DUH 2014-10-18 10m SSB DN06hg United States STEVEN G STERLING
W3ZKY 2014-09-15 12m SSB FM29dv United States JAMES E AKEHURST, SR
HS8GLR 2014-09-11 15m SSB OJ07fa Thailand DAMRONGSAK BOY RATTAKANKOVIBUL
W3ZKY 2014-09-03 15m SSB FM29dv United States JAMES E AKEHURST, SR
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