The Electron of September delivered today showed the Dutch VERON DX Honor Roll per July 2013. I found myself on position 286 of the list with 128 different DXCC's.
Not that bad for a modest set-up I use and the time I spend on making HF QSO's.
I started about 8 years ago on shortwave with a tube (2x 6164) rig TS515, then switched to a TS130 and last 3 years I use a Yaesu FT450. Also contacts with QRP homemade equipment were made. Most of the time with a simple G5RV jr antenna (2 x 7.75 m) over the roof of my house.
I started to make lots of digimode contacts (PSK31 in particular). During contests SSB and RTTY are the most used modes.
It is amazing to see that nr 1 till nr. 21 of the list all worked 340 DXCC's.
The TS515 I used around 2005
The FT450 (without internal antenna tuner) that I use nowadays. Almost all of the time with less than 20 Watts RF.