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?