Nearly 1500 km north of Brisbane is the facility located near Brandon on
the Queensland coast. Back in the year 1958, the 50 kW ABC mediumwave station 4QN was transferred from Clevedon and rebuilt
In 1989 two STC shortwave transmitters
of 10 kW were removed from the shortwave station at Lyndhurst in Victoria after it was closed and they were re-installed at
the transmitter site near Brandon. Test broadcasts from the new location began on April 3, 1989,
but next day, the station was damaged by the invasion of Cyclone Alva. However, the damaged antenna system was repaired quite
quickly and ten days later, test broadcasts were re-commenced.
In 1999, a third 10 kW transmitter
was added. The three transmitters were used alternately to provide two shortwave program channels under the line callsign
VLG and VLJ. A third channel was planned under the callsign VLS, but it was never implemented due to the fact that an additional
antenna system was never installed.
Originally, it was intended that the low powered 10 kW shortwave
facility at Brandon would be a temporary fillp-in until two additional 100 kW transmitters were installed.
Instead, in 2006, two DRM capable 20
kW RIZ transmitters from Europe were installed and these now provide a dedicated relay service to various islands in
the South Pacific where the programming is received on digital shortwave and rebroadcast live on local FM stations.
Brandon station was decommissioned in March 2015, as an outcome of massive budget
cuts across the ABC.