snake oil aerials
ah yes...looks like the Gotham verticals have been resurrected!
will they work?...yes
just how good they work is the issue.
I agree with WB2WIK that it looks like the Comet - I did see a post where someone referred to the Comet as a "terrific dummy load".
most verticals without proper radials or counterpoise/ground plane will be a big disappointment as soon as one compares it to a proper system.
I can stick a vertical piece of coat hanger wire in the SO-239 on a radio and hear signals on 40M, and maybe even talk to someone across town...I don't consider that really "working".
I have used a lot of verticals in my days playing with the wireless - do it right and you will be very happy.
SOWP, QCWA(50), OOTC, Navy Amateur Radio Club, ex USN Aviation Radio Op. (there was a time when it was ALL CW)