I was at Anaheim HRO and few guys there were talking about an MFJ all band vertical antenna that does not need radials. I forget what model number it is but it is one of those "wife pleasing antennae" looks not much more from a flag pole but one of the points a guy mentioned caught my attention.
You have to run at least some coax on the ground, it is radialess and it uses the shield of coax as a counterpoise.
I don't think that is right. If that is the real case for that antenna then I don't think it is good design. I did a test on an end fed long wire type antenna I have up today. Not much measurable change between run the coax on the ground and hang on the wall.
And now think about, if it does have significant changes, is that some sort of RF in the shack problem? As there will be current running on the shield of coax?