Larry, waddya mean old people can't send CW? Some of the best CW only ops (yeah, not a mic to be seen) are OFs, some are ex commercial ops that run rings around the rest at speeds up to 40 to 60 WPM.
Nexus, if I don't see the S meter rising on one of the repeater channels in memory (most around here are PL and I use tone squelch) I kerchunk a known crowded pair without PL and see what comes back. If something does I QSY to the weak signal portion of the band and call CQ. Once in a while however if I find a distant repeater active I'll break in and ask where it is. I have opened some very interesting QSOs that way. I too have operated DX on simplex. Just wait for the Summer Sprint and hope for an opening, you'll be deluged with contesters looking for points. I often hand them out by the bushel, working the same station on multiple bands gives them those coveted multipliers.
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