DX with a vertical

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DX with a vertical

Hi just joined the net.
I live in a built up area with a small garden. Towers and large Yagis are not an option.
Is dx possible on a vertical antenna? I have since my early days on 2m believed the KEY to this is knowing that somebody is listening.
Very good signals from VO and W last night on 20m the guys were running 1Kw into a $ ele beam and were 5+9 plus with me.
I'm using an IC740 (85w out) into a 10m long vertical from pro-whip.
The problem seems to be that I can hear stations much better than they can hear me.
What is your experience with vertical antennas? Is the 3db loss between Horizontal and vertical polarization a factor to consider at HF?

Regards,

G6ZLA