i saw an article in a back issue of a ham magazine, telling how to make one of these. well, my yaesu '817 is kind of an ht, and since the rubber antennas i have don't work well i thought i'd make a mousie tail. the article called for 19.3" of wire attached to the bnc mount by a large ring terminal. i didn't have one that size so i got the 'brilliant' idea of using a small ring terminal and attaching the wire to the grounding screw on the back of the radio. total...flop. i tried shortening/ lengthening the wire to no avail. no improvement. i had put the antennas on my antenna analyser to get the swr spread, and then did the length adjustments. later today i'll attach the mousie and antennas to my analyzer and see what happens. it has a grounding lug. feedback?