My Story This thread would be to talk about your husband, wife, significant other and their reaction to ham radio. My old hobby until I was 45 was firefighting, then fire support for another 10 years driving the fire engines, doing auto extrication, medical calls, and still the odd fire. My wife has been scared of the risks I have assumed over the years, so when I had shoulder surgery (X2) she was happy I retired. At a rehab session I found a QST in the waiting area and rekindled the desire for a new hobby, amateur radio. My wife was so happy I wouldn't be running to emergency calls she accepted ham radio gladly. I am a stingy SOB so my rig purchases were talked about and discounted by my own cheapness. My wife pushed me to buy a new rig every 2-3 years as a "reward" for not spending a dime on myself but all for her and the kids. At the new house, I wanted an outbuilding not necessarily finished. She pushed for something nicer, and finished out on the inside. I wanted a folding table for my desk, she pushed for a nice wood finished table. You get the picture. The Question I am curious the relationship other hams have with their wives when it comes to amateur radio. I read Dr. Kristen Haring's book "Ham Radio's Technical Culture" which outlines how spouses are often pushed aside in favor of the hobby. So what's your story?