First, I need to make clear that that is NOT me in the picture above. This year I chose to compete as an "E" station: "At home, with the air conditioner on, but using a battery instead of the normal AC poser supply." This is, of course, only one step from the bottom on the laziness scale -- I did hook up the 12 volt gel-cell.
But I made up for it with an unusually large dose Knack-ness. I used my BITX Digi-Zia scratch-built homebrew SSB transceiver. So, with my whopping 11 contacts I feel confident that I won the "1E Homebrew SSB Transceiver, Northern Virginia" category.