In the days immediately following VJ Day in 1945, my dad and fellow-ham Signal Corps cronies in their New Guinea posting, and their counterparts in similar situations near and far, had a brief spell of ham-band bootlegging fun with scrounged gear, fake (and DX-juicy) calls more or less indicating country of origin during their brief on-air appearance as soon-to-be-rarer-than-rare Asian DX. No suitable key had been found by the time receiver, transmitter and slapdash skyhook had been cobbled together for their first try, so they decided to use the two hands/two wires method. Contact! But as the moment for a critical QSO formality arrived with dad at the "key," on the verge of sending his real first name he realized that NAME HR ROD was potentially a short path to getting into hot water with Command. In his excitement to send something, anything, what followed OP HR came out as ECK. And so it was that "Eck" became the sine of the anonymous collective operator on the previous W9BRD's impromptu first DXpedition. Dave amateur radio W9BRD Eck, Jr.