Ya know, it seems more and more that things are bad right out of the box these days. I hear about it and I see it firsthand.I'm fascinated that an antenna could be the problem. I've dealt with repro antennas for years. Typical problems are sections so loose they rattle, or plating so bad they corrode quickly. Never even imagined one that had high resistance between the cable and mast. The manufacturer would almost have to try to make it that bad.
If I were President, I would be incentivizing companies big time for all industries, not just car parts, to bring manufacturing back to the US and seriously reduce dependence on oversees manufacturing. I probably won't be seeing this any time soon.