Living in an apartment complex and trying to operate on the HF bands is difficult. What I've done is taken around #22 or so wire and tie a few fishing weights on the end. I tossed these weights over the apex of the roof of the apartment adjacent to mine and tossed the other end through my window. This effectively gives me an antenna length of, I'd say.. 30 feet. Now, this wire doesn't come straight to the tuner. In order to prevent pinching it and breaking it, I brought it right up to the window and attached it to the center conductor of some coax, knowing full well that this is a bad idea. I was in a rush to get on the air! So I took the shield of the coax and attached another thin wire to it and hooked it up to a short (ineffective) ground rod about 15 feet below. I used this for about 2 weeks. Maintanence, I assume, found the antenna and ripped down the ground wire but obviously couldn't reach the element so let it be. I began experimenting with indoor counterpoises to try and prevent this from happening again. I've since noticed absolutely no difference in SWR when using a counterpoise of any length. I took out the coax and just attached an alligator clip to the antenna and brought that through the window to the wire terminal of the antenna tuner, and that hasn't changed anything. I have attached about a 30 foot length of wire (that is tucked underneath the baseboards on my apartment) to the ground terminal of the tuner and after experimenting, found that it has no benefit. So, since I'm still a noob at antenna design, could you please guide me to the most efficient technique I could use in my situation?