If you can maintain your conversation without using the repeater, going "simplex" both stations on same frequency in a different part of the band will Amateur repeater frequency offset the repeater free for other stations to use that can't establish simplex communications! You may notice some differene in the audio quality between the input and the output frequencies. If you hear the beep, then you accessed the repeater. These are not that common, but they do exist. Don't laugh, many microphones get Amateur repeater frequency offset in the fold of car seats and keep a repeater busy until it times out.