dontya just love it when you learn new things and they just create more questions? LOL
after reading numerous threads about this stuff, as well as other articles online;
im not sure if this antenna is a vertical dipole, or a 1/4 wave groundplane antenna, or what!
for example, to make a vertical "bazooka" antenna; you peel back about a 1/4 wavelength of the coax shield.
if the starduster didnt have the drooping radials; i would say thats what the antenna is. a vertical bazooka type antenna.
but then, why the need for the drooping radials?
if its a 1/4 wave groundplane antenna, then why the "sleeve", or "bazooka" formed by the metal mast?
i sure hope we get somewhere with this!