If you are learning or know code, HF would be the place to be, particularly 40 meters above 7100 if your CW is a bit slow. You will find CW on 40 nearly any time, day or night, and there are lots more people to work than on 2 meters. If you have someone you want to talk to on 2 meters using CW over FM, maybe you could try simplex first? I'd be sure to get permission from the repeater owner or club before doing it on a repeater. Probably most won't care, but there are some repeaters that are sacred cattle, and their owners want them to remain silent except when they use them for whatever they do, if they ever do. What I was saying previously assumed that you wanted to do 'real' CW on 2 meters - as a 'weak signal' mode. You probably won't find a lot of activity there, but if you can do CW that way, you can work meteor scatter and other kinds of 'DX' with a fairly modest setup. Looking at your location, it seems to be in a fairly remote area. I see one local repeater on 146.62. I'm not sure if you can work into Spokane on two meters. I think HF CW would certainly be of more interest if I were you. Your next choice would be to upgrade and get on voice and digital modes on HF. The General isn't that tough.