It took me 18 years and 9 months to work and confirm them all. In 2011 I was the only one for a few months as Nr One Honor roll 341, worked and confirmed.
My first QSO was VE7NNN in 1991, the last one was T6LC (I was his first US contact on 40M) in 2009.
From 1991 to 2002 I was on the West Coast, from 2002 to present on the East coast.
I was radio "silent" from 2002 to 2008 for the first years from MA.
I never had a “BIG” station, always a single tower with a Tri-bander. For the low band, I had a shunt-fed tower in CA and wires in MA and PA.
I must have been on the bands at the right time and moments.