I really haven’t too many barges mining the Major or Minor Conduits, mostly due to the time that it takes to get from the beacon to a roid too mine.
But the genius of Sutopia Karl has saved the day.
He suggest that we use a Micro Jump Depot to breach the distances between the beacon and the roids. So I went to Jita and bought a few and deployed them.
They work within the Conduits unlike warping to the far away roids. Ship based MJD might also work.
How too use:
- Deploy the first one at the Conduit Warp to Beacon.
- Select a roid that is 120 to 140 km from the beacon.
- Align to the roid.
- When you are within 4,999 meters of the Micro Jump Depot, activate it and then burn the rest of the way to the roid.
Gankers will use the MJD as well to try and jump to your location.
Therefore, strategically placing the Micro Jump Depot in a Conduit is crucial.
Also do not mine in any ship other than a Procurer or Orca as a single Ganker catalyst can destroy a Retriever in a .5 Invasion system before CONCORD shows up. Using the Mining Frigates is okay because they are very fast and can burn out to a roid a lot quicker after using the Micro Jump Depot.
When selecting the roids to mine, remember to select the ones that are 20 to 40 km past the 100km of the depot’s jump range. The extra amount of distance between the jump in point and where you are mining will help create a buffer between you and the ganker.
Watch the Micro Jump Drive at the beacon, if small and large fleets of destroyers, cruisers or fast attack battle cruisers show up, align and warp out.
The key is too place the depots in locations where the gankers have to travel an excess of 20 km or more.
With the use of the Micro Jump Depot being a prime necessity for mining the Conduits I would expect to see an increase in their purchase price when the Invasion is closest to a major trade hub like Jita or Dodixie.