Originally Posted by tschat
I would definitely replace your wire that is pictured. The 90 degree bend shown in your second picture implies the shielding is deteriorated. You will get inconsistent operation with varying levels of moisture.
Yes, if I want to use the antenna, the twin wire has to be replaced. Not only is the shielding broke at the 90, but one wire is also broke.
There are other parts of the antenna that need attention also. Some of the aluminum tubing is broke off and a couple scissor/pivot points are loose/unattached and not allowing the tubing to extend.