There was an interesting item in the IRTS news dated 28th Oct 2018 about some activity on the new 40 MHz / 8 metre band in the West of Ireland.
8 Meter Band Operation
Phil EI9KP (ON4TA) is back in Ireland for the next few weeks. Following tests with Dominic EI9JS, he is now fully QRV on the 40 MHz 8 meter band with a converted FT 857 in CW, SSB and FM. He has constructed some dipoles and a delta loop for the band and is keen for some more contacts either two way or cross band. Pictures and more info can be found on the MREN website at ei7mre.org
A number of Irish radio amateurs in the Mayo-Sligo region have been conducting experiments with various radios and antennas for the band and a two way SSB contact between Phil EI9KP and Dominic EI9JS took place on 40.250 MHz on the 19th of October 2018. The distance was roughly 20 kms.
Along with Brendan EI6IZ, they have found that the following radios can be modified to cover 40 MHz...
ICOM IC-706, IC-7200, IC-7300
Yaesu FT-817, FT-857
Please note that the 40 MHz band is quiet a distance from 29 MHz or 50 MHz so the performance may not be optimal.
More information can be found on the Mayo Radio Experimenters website... http://ei7mre.org/
They also have a number of photos here... https://photos.app.goo.gl/PcyZygBrXSD2o6W8A