Ok, this is my first real contest, unless you want to count Novice Roundups from 30 years ago. And I'm using that phrase 'real contest' loosely. I won't be submitting anything. I don't think they bother keeping scores as low as mine will likely end up. This was merely a personal challenge. I set a goal to work 100 countries - that's it. I didn't care about which bands, just 100 countries.
I made it in under 18 hours, so my total is climbing and I'm up to 120 as of 8 o'clock Eastern time - slightly less than 24 hours to go.
Now, to a true contester, this goal (and my performance) is probably cause for laughter. I'll bet some fellows had 100 countries in less than 2 hours. But I'm actually sorta happy about it. 100 watts and a vertical, heck, not bad, I think. Especially when I consider that I went to bed about 2 am last night, and spent a good portion of today doing other tasks at home and checking the radio sporadically.
You know, this is more fun than I anticipated!