If I’m not wrong, I have just chased my 1st Northamerican SOTA on 40m ever and it’s been with an inverted V home made bazooka dipole up about 14m above the ground.
Some time ago I unsuccessfully tried to hear Northamerican SOTA activators on 40m and after several trials with the same null result, I decided to give up and concentrate my copying efforts on 15 and 20m, not even looking on the frequency when a spot was raised for a Northamerican activator on 40m.
I have a 5 elements tribander yagi (10-15-20m) and the Northamerican SOTA activators I use to copy with my yagi are never copied with my inverted V broad band folded dipole up 14m agl, so I quickly assumed I would never be able to copy any NA SOTA activator with any of my 40m dipoles.
To my surprise my assumption has proven wrong today, as I copied and successfully worked Dean K2JB a few minutes ago while he was activating W4T/SU-114.
I wanted to let you all know as this may open new possibilities to Europe <> Northamerica SOTA QSOs on 40m with simple dipole antennas.
I must say that I was running QRO (nearly 1Kw) and Dean gave me a 579.
@K2JB - I wonder how much power and what type of antenna Dean was using. I gave him a much weaker report, but this 100% valid QSO sounds very encouraging to me for Northamerican SOTA chasing, as we slide down into the darkest part of the Sun activity cycle.