That's "clique", by the way. And yes, the HF bands are full of cliques -- especially on phone. So what... Find and do what's enjoyable and educational for you and your friends, or you could "pound brass" like some of us who happen to find it an enjoyable pastime. Either way, the galaxies, or factions within ham radio, will continue to move farther apart at, or near, the speed of light. That's the way of things. 73.