In 1988 a notice was inserted in the local paper inviting interested people to attend a meeting at the Ivanhoe Town Hall with the purpose of establishing a community radio station. Tim Armstrong was very enthusiastic and attended the meeting. He was elected on the initial committee as Technical Officer or Chief Technician and has remained in that capacity for almost twenty five years.
Tim was educated at East Ivanhoe Primary School and then at Ivanhoe Grammar School. He studied at RMIT and gained his Electronic Technicians Diploma and Broadcast Officers Certificate of Proficiency. Having a rather special interest and aptitude for sound, light, colour and space enabled him to enjoy being part of the 96.5FM team and taking responsibility for the repair of equipment, recognising the importance of new equipment and advising on quotes. With assistance Tim maintains the transmitter, talk back, telephones, microphones, etc.
On Saturdays and Sundays, during the winter months, Tim and his technical group set off to football grounds in various suburbs setting up the equipment for the VAFA outside broadcast matches. They are there in all sorts of weather, sometimes under cover and sometimes not. They are fully aware of the necessity for good clear reception going back to the studio. Outside broadcasts are held in shopping centres, Christmas on the Boulevard with Father Christmas handing out lollies to the children (in the front garden of Joy Armstrong and Tim’s home), Ivanhoe RSL Anzac Day Services, The Heidelberg Festival Grand Parade in Burgundy Street, etc all requiring a great degree of competence.
Tim’s employment and practical experience was gained from 3MBSFM, Air International, Siemens, Telstra, Vic Roads and Skilled Engineering. Tim has been a valuable asset to 96.5FM over the years and has made a tremendous contribution to our radio station. His humility, expertise, dedication and loyalty has not gone unnoticed. We thank Tim for his great service and he is at his happiest working with electronic equipment.
From Kevin Trask with assistance from Tim's loving mother Joy Armstrong.