My wife has been very supportive. While she isn't much for sitting through the monthly club meeting, she enjoys going to the additional hamfest, though she's never had any interest in getting her ticket. Gear has never been a problem. In recent years, which includes the time I've been married to her, I've generally stuck to one modern transceiver and a backup, and while I can afford to, I don't buy much stuff over the course of a year. Nor do I accumulate boat anchors I'll restore "someday" like I used to. If someone wants a new rig every year or two, more power to them. I seem to have more fun just getting as much as I can out of what I have.