The last week has not been as productive as the last few weeks. Having 4 out of 6 characters podded back to Empire, and the destruction of our Orca, has caused major setbacks.
Today a C5 (us) -> C5 -> C4 -> C5 -> Highsec (0.5) route opened up so we took the opportunity to bring our minerlas to Jita. Here’s our haul. We hit a good sized Crokite roid (120K+ units) for a few days, hence a lot of Zydrine.
eve-central.com Estimated Value:
Total: 1.297 B ISK
Jita buy prices were a little low today. 3,994 ISK for Megacyte and 1,500 for Zydrine so we decided to stockpile and not sell at this time.
It has been a lonely few days in WH space. My WH partner and I were podded and we used our then offline corpmate, with the help of a Blue in a neighbor system, to scan a new entrance. I’ve gotten my main in, but my WH partner hasn’t been able to successfully time a good link.
I am finding that our C5 will always link to another C5, which will link to a C4 or nullsec. We haven’t gotten a nullsec link all week in the C5, so we have to turn to the C4. The C4 will usually link to another C4 or a C3, which will eventually go to empire or lowsec. The weak part in the chain is the C4 <-> C3 as these WHs tend to have 16 H lifetimes which makes logistics a little more interesting.
I’ve been scanning for a 3 days trying to find a safe route in and getting faster at pinning down signatures with each system that I practice on. Last night I started scanning — ah, a fresh WH of type H432 in our C5 which leads to another C5. I entered and scanned it down; 6 signatures and the second signature one was a WH of type H296 that leads to nullsec.
Not bad, as I have been scanning down C5s with 10+ signatures and of course the last one is a WH. Pinned, bookmarked and warped to. After coming out on the other side, I ended up in The Syndicate, also not bad. I’m afraid of ending up deep in the Drone Region or Goonswarm space, but hey, that’s part of the excitement.
I cycled the MWD, hit the cloak, bookmarked the entrance WH, and brought up the map. Success, we have a nice route to Empire.
- Our C5
- Empty neighbor C5
- PVH8-0 (-0.10), The Syndicate
- 6-CZ49 (-0.16), The Syndicate
- Reblier (0.40), Verge Vendor
- Chesiette (0.57), Verge Vendor
- … 20 Empire Jumps to Jita
PVH8-0 had 7 neutrals in local and even had a station in it! I warped to docking range and when the station came into view, I was targeted by a Manticore (Caldari Stralth Bomber). *click* *click* *click* – I spammed the dock button. He got off one round which took out my shields and put me 50% into armor. I knew that I wasn’t able to take another round, as I was in a scanning Helios (Gallente Covert Ops) with paper-thin armor. I got away and safely docked, repaired and contracted the bookmarks to my WH partner and corpmate.
Within a minute, the Manticore docked up. I knew that he was going to play station games and was waiting for me to undock so he could scram me fresh out of station. I might be new to nullsec, but not that new. I had time to kill as these were fresh 24 H WHs so I noted his name, added him to my addressbook and ate dinner. I came back later and saw him leave station, then a few minutes later local count went to zero. Good timing, I scooted back into our WH system and into our POS bubble.
A few hours later, my corpmate got his main account in WH space and fired up the refinery. He has good Arkonor, Bistot, and Crokite sills so I let him do the refining. We have a lot of ore to process from last week and will eventually need to go to Jita:
The moneymakers are the 11.99 K Bistot, 90.44 K Zydrine, 75.49 K of Crokite and some Mercoxit. The lower ends will either be abandoned when we move or go into ammo/drone production for fighting Sleepers. I sometimes get flack from new Carebears about abandoning Tritantium and Pyerite – trust me, it just isn’t worth the ISK/m3 to haul it in WH space.
Up next on the list? We need to get a lot of items in and the ore out:
- My WH partner’s alt in
- My corpmate who is eager to mine in
- 1x Orca (insured), got ganked last week
- 2x Hulk, got ganked last week
- 1x Skiff, my alt is going for Exhumers V
- Strip Miner I’s, always need more
- POS Fuel, 7D left
- Refined ore out to Jita
My partner and corpmate were unable to get a good haul in today due to some gatecamping on the Reblier gate in Verge Vendor. Maybe today… but we are going to wait for a C3 -> Empire link to bring in the Orca.
I’m glad to have my partner in WH space again. He’s really good at scanning and will move quickly to get the rest of our equipment in. It can get quite boring if you are alone so always bring some friends in WH space!
The past two days in WH space has not been exciting at all. We have lost ships, my main WH partner is stuck in Empire, a corpmate has lost ships, and I have had to learn how to scan down signatures with my less than perfect scanning skills.
Tuesday 13:51 Eve Time
My WH partner and I had an Orca, 2x Hulks, and a Retriever on a Core site when a gang of hostiles came into the system. A Vexor, Dominix, Anathema and a Phobos bubble us and pod us.
After waking up in Empire in a fresh clone, I headed off to Jita to refit. Some 180 M later, I am on my way back to my home base system in the Essence region. I check up on some jobs, trends on the Empire markets and consolidate some goods from neighboring systems.
Tuesday 15:00 Eve Time
A blue in a neighboring C5 system found my corpmate in our C5. Since my corpmate does not have good scanning abilities, he offers to help us find a way out. After a few hours of scanning, they found a route.
C5 (us) -> C5 (empty) -> C4 (empty) -> C3 (idle Frigates) -> Lowsec Empire exit. I get my main and alt back in WH space, but my WH partner misses the C3 -> C4 connection as he tried the route a few hours after I got in.
Wednesday 13:00 Eve Time
Start scanning our C5 with my main character. After 2.5 hours of scanning, I finally find a route out. C5 -> C5 (empty) -> C4 (abandoned Frigate) -> C3 (abandoned 2x Mobile Small Warp Disruptor I‘s) -> C3 (idle Frigate) -> Lowsec Empire.
This was my first adventure on WH space scanning all on my own. It was up to me to find a route out since I was the only one left with some scanning skills.
I don’t have scanning skills trained up to an effective level; I had to get signatures down to 0.25 AU or 1 AU in order for them to finally come up as green which took a lot more effort than what I have heard from my WH partner who has invented in scanning skills. For now I’ve put Gallente Battleship V on hold in favor of:
- Astrometrics IV
- Astrometric Pinpointing I
- Astrometric Pinpointing II
- Astrometric Pinpointing III
- Astrometric Rangefinding III
- Astrometric Rangefinding IV
- Astrometric Pinpointing IV
With Astrometrics at III and Astrometric Rangefinding at II, I am having quicker success when pinning down signatures than I did a few days ago when these skills were not trained. I have also added 2x Small Gravity Capacitor Upgrade I’s to my Helios, which increase Scan Strength +10% with no stacking penalty, for improved scanning speed.
Thursday 2:00 Eve Time
A K162 opens up into our system and in comes a Wolf (Minmatar Assault Ship). Out of no where it ganks one of my corpmates and he looses a Mining Barge and ends up back in Empire. I found out that he came from C5 (us) -> C4 (empty) -> C5 (did not explore).
Not a good few days in WH space.
Well, tomorrow is another day. My goals are to get my WH partner in our C5, haul in some more fuel and some spare Hulks.
I worked on an Average site last night and cleared 15K Arkonor, 30K Bistot and 20K Crokite. I received the following message from my WH partner this AM.
omg blake!!!! We’re not going anywhere.
Good work last night btw, Clearing that avg. Time to get those lasers warmed up good and proper. We have 2….. yes I said 2 as in two rarefied core deposits.
At our 75% refined state that’s still just shy of 2 billion isk on those 2 sites. add onto that what we mined the past couple of days and that’s a hell of a lot of money.
Great Monday morning news as I was expecting to help take down the POS and move to a neighbor WH this morning.
While clearing the Sleep spawns, I almost lost my Dominix today on the first site. With my Dominix Rail/Blaster Setup, I can barely tank 1 Sleeper BS and 2x Sleeper Cruisers. Luckily, my partner had a Remote Hull Repairer on his ship and was keeping me alive.
Here’s a shot me of me dipping into Structure; my heart was beating a little faster at this point.
I did stay alive, but I need to make sure to remember these two tactics: don’t warp to 0 right on top of the Sleeper ships and use Heavy Drones on Sleeper Battleships. Whew, onto the Arkonor, Bistot and Crokite!
We hit a Rarified Core Deposit for 4 days straight. This WH has been the most profitable so far. I hope that we get a good, empty C5 neighbor to move into tomorrow. No more Gravimetric sites are spawning so I am getting some C32 out of a Ladar sight until downtime.
What a lonely home over the past week. I only say one Covert Ops on the Directional Scanner the entire time we were in the system. Currently the WH has stopped spawning new sites, so it is time to move.
- Targeting Range: -41%
- Turret Tracking Speed: -41%
- Missile AOE Velocity Multiplier: -41%
- Drone Velocity: -41%
- Damage Multiplier: +85%
- Gravimetric ECM Strength: +85%
- Ladar ECM Strength: +85%
- Magnetometric ECM Strength: +85%
- Radar ECM Strength: +85%
- Target Painter Effectiveness: +85%
- Sensor Dampener Range Reduction: +85%
- Sensor Dampener Scan Resolution Reduction: +85%
- Tracking Disruptor Tracking Penalty: +85%
- Tracking Disruptor Optimal Range Reduction: +85%
We focused on the Rarified Core Deposit for around 4 days and generated around 1.491 B worth of profit after the minerals were hauled to Jita. We are donating 300M to our corporation and splitting 1.19 B so my personal take home is around 595M.
- 50,000 Arkonor
- 80,000 Bistot
- 80,000 Crokite
- 15,000 Mercoxit
- 20,000 Spodumain
We did not touch:
- 200,000 Omber
- 200,000 Hedbergite
All of our minerals were processed by our Intensive Refining Array which has a refining yield of 75%. In a few months, we are planning on using a Rorqual to compress all of our Ore and bringing it to empire to refine where we can get a much higher yield.
A low security exit opened up today to a 0.2 system in the Derelik region. My WH partner got our stock of minerals out and sold them on the market. 580M in 4 days mining ABC’s which means around 145M/day.