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Shakespeare 5206-N: DC ground?

The internet seems to have varying opinions on whether this inexpensive VHF antenna has DC ground or not. I can't find it on the Shakespeare website, but...

West Marine says yes:
SHAKESPEARE Antenna at West Marine

Steveston Marine says yes:
Steveston Marine

Boatersland says yes:
8' Shakespeare Marine VHF Antenna*-*Shakespeare*5206-N - Shakespeare Marine VHF Antennas - Antennas/Mounts - Boatersland Marine

Turtle Marine says no:
Shakespeare Style 5206-N Economy 8' VHF Antenna with 6dB Gain and Nylon Ferrule

SailNet store says no:
SHAKESPEARE VHF 8FT 5206-N 6DB - 5206-N

I ask because I'm reading open circuit on my brand-new one and I'm wondering if it's crap or not. I'm wondering that because I can receive well but not transmit. My radio is pretty ancient so it could be the problem (planning on getting a new radio as well, but haven't yet). Will also probably call the manufacturer tomorrow.

Thanks for your help!
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No dc ground. Checked my Shakespeare manual and a 5206 that I have here in my shop. It is possible there was a design change. My manual and antenna are old.

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Eric, thanks for checking! Hopefully there has not been a change.
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