DDQ-10 Toowoomba/Darling Downs
DDQ-10 Toowoomba/Darling Downs began transmission on 13 July 1962 as a branch of Darling Downs Television Limited. The callsign stood for Darling Downs Queensland.
On 26 February 1966, relay station SDQ-4 Warwick/Southern Downs began transmission. DDQ/SDQ would be known on-air as Television 10-4. The callsign stood for Southern Downs Queensland.
In 1970, DDQ's signal was enhanced with the opening of relay station DDQ-5 Toowoomba. The station was rebranded on air to Television 10-4-5. The Toowoomba relay later changed to channel 5A in 1977.
Great Eastland Television
On 19 October 1975, DDQ-10/DDQ-5a Toowoomba, in partnership with NRN-11 Coffs Harbour, SDQ-4 Warwick, RTN-8 Lismore, NEN-9 Tamworth and ECN-8 Taree renamed themselves to the Great Eastland Television Network. DDQ/SDQ would be branded on-air as GET 10-4-5a.
Television 10-4-5A (Darling Downs TV Limited)
In 1982, Television 10-4-5 was rebranded to Television 10-4-5A.
On 10 September 1988, DDQ-10 Toowoomba moved to channel 0. DDQ's change of signal plus the upcoming move of DDQ-5a and SDQ-4 to the UHF band (DDQ-65 and SDQ-42 respectively) led to the station changing its name to Vision TV. At the same time, TVQ-0 changed frequency and became Brisbane TEN (TVQ-10).
RTQ-7 Rockhampton began transmission on 7 September 1963. The callsign stood for Rockhampton Television Queensland.
In 1969, translator stations are installed at Cracow on VHF-5, and Blackwater/Bluff on VHF-10. This would be followed in 1971 with a translator at Gladstone on VHF-10.
In 1982, translators are installed at Emerald on VHF-6 and Capella on VHF-9. This was followed a year later by a translator at Springsure on VHF-10. In 1984, RTQ opens its UHF signals at Boyne Island/Tannum Sands on UHF-69. This would be followed in 1986 by Alpha on UHF-51.
In August 1989, DDQ/SDQ joined the aggregation race and became Star Television. RTQ-7 Rockhampton joined the network in 1990 and merged it with the Darling Downs stations.
On 31 December 1990, RTQ-7 became WIN Queensland on the first day of statewide aggregation, with the network's Rockhampton facilities used to produce local editions of newscasts from WIN News across some markets every day, including the Toowoomba edition. At the same time, DDQ and SDQ adopted the RTQ callsign.
On the same day, it expanded to Cairns on VHF-12, Mackay on UHF-35, Townsville on UHF-41 and Wide Bay/Maryborough on VHF-10. In 1991, Warwick station RTQ-4 moved to its current channel in order to accomodate FM radio.
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