I bought my 8" Shorty because I wanted a stub antenna, or antenna delete. It broke off in less than a month so I was left with a stub. My reception works just fine so I left it as is. I dabbed a little black paint on the top to cover the wire that was showing and now I couldn't be happier.
1969 Mustang Fastback, 347 Stroker, Tremec 5 speed.