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The last Sirio Gain Master I had unfortunately suffered during some gales we had a couple of years ago. So I decided to try again with the same antenna. I bought it a few months ago but have just put it up in the last few days. Installation was fairly straightforward, although it sometimes a little fiddly threading the antenna through the tubing.
I haven't had a chance to work any stations yet, but I just thought I would make it known that I am now back on the 10 m band and will be listening out for any old friends. As of yet, I have installed my new Opti beam, that will be coming very very soon hopefully
You may have read my take on the Sirio Gain Master after purchasing one a couple of years ago. I've been really impressed with it, I don't use it an awful lot but the times I do use it always worked extremely well. Unfortunately I have to now report that mine has succumbed to the stormy weather that we recently had. I'm actually extremely disappointed by what happened, the winds we had were nowhere near what Sirio rate the Gain Master at. They say the antenna can withstand 99.4 mile an hour winds, I think I would be fair in saying that the winds we had probably reached gusts of 70 mph. I noticed a kink at the first section, then the antenna completely collapsed. When we got it down both the first and second section were split in various places rendering the antenna unusable and therefore a bin job.
So, that's another antenna that I have tried and had some degree of success. I am certainly not criticising its performance, it was very good, I'm just really surprised that it has malfunctioned, none of the other antennas I have ever used in this location have ever broken at such an early stage in their life, and believe me we have some pretty horrendous winds here.
I'm not sure what I'm going to get next, I might not even bother getting another 10 m vertical, it's not as if it's an antenna I use on a regular basis. So if I don't get another vertical for 10 m, that gives me a slight dilemma, do I hang onto my President Lincoln radio, or do I let it go?
10 m produced some good results again today. There were stations from Puerto Rico, USA, Argentina, Brazil, and Gibraltar. 12 m opened up a little which enabled me to work into the Virgin Islands and Argentina.
I also made another comparison video between the Sirio Gain Master and the Steppir. As you will see the vertical performed quite well considering this is only supposed to work on the CB and 10 m frequencies. I didn't actually operate myself, I just monitored station and I have included the video with today's posting.
Really didn't the much operating today, in fact I only worked three stations on 17 m. Managed to work V55DLH who I have already worked on 10 m. Had a third QSO with Dan (KB0EO) , he was really romping in with a good 59. I actually have the video camera running and have uploaded onto YouTube.
I also managed today to get my Sirio shifted from my chimney where it was looking quite drunk after the windy weather we have recently. I have relocated it on a pole 27 feet up above my garage. Initial testing is quite favourable and some signals are definitely stronger from around the immediate area. I did also tested on 10 m but there wasn't an awful lot happening. However, I did compare the Gain Master to my three element as SteppIR whilst monitoring station down in Namibia. Actually, the Gain Master performs really well considering the station was not very strong, so far away. The beam antenna is always going to perform better but I think these new verticals are definitely worth going for if you want an efficient antenna that doesn't cost a lot of money and is easy to install in a location where large antennas are just not an option.