Back around 1980 we held code practice nets on the local repeater (and sometimes simplex), using the sidetone on our keyers and manually keying our mics on FM. Afterward a couple of buddies and I would chat on a 2m simplex frequency, inserting beeps with our keyers to make it sound like we were on a repeater, just for fun.
We had a good laugh when somebody asked us where the repeater we were using was and we were able to say it was the "Maybee Repeater" (the town of Maybee, MI is 15 or 20 miles away). The funniest thing was when they took us seriously. (Maybee, MI does not have a repeater, to my knowledge, and has only a few hundred residents -- plus, shouldn't that ham have KNOWN they were on a simplex frequency???)
The club I belong to (see www.w8pgw.org
) has run CW practice nets on 2m FM again in just the last couple of years. CW is CW, after all, and there's nothing wrong with the club designating a CW net on our FM repeater(s). I recommend the practice where there are enough interested hams (and hams-to-be) to make it worth while. Hope to catch you on the air soon using CW!
73 de kt8k - Tim