I'm excited about the prospect of flying one of these. Six billion ISK. Just the thought of having that much ISK at risk (more really, because it will have cargo) sends shivers up my spine. Good shivers. The kind of shivers you should get in EVE. Risk versus reward and all that.
So everything I've learned about jump freighters so far, I've learned watching the following video:
What did I learn? Well, you need an alt at the destination, or some character who can light a cynosural field thing. When it's lit, the jump freighter pilot can jump to the lit cyno. Both characters need to be fleeted together (obviously.)
It is best to jump your freighter from the undock of a station. The destination should be as close to a station as possible. For quick docking in the event of trouble.
Other things I know. Jump freighters have a maximum range of five light years. I still have no idea how to measure distance between star systems though. I wonder if there is some site that will take two systems as input parameters and spit out the distance?
Obviously, when jumping this thing into Stain, it would be beneficial to find a highsec system (with a station) within range of whatever system in Stain I'd like to jump it too. I'm guessing that's going to be impossible. Stain is quite a distance from empire space. My guess is that I should be able to find a lowsec system that is five light years from the Stain station I wish to jump to. At the moment, I'm assuming two jumps to get into Stain (though I would not be surprised if it ended up being three), highsec to lowsec, lowsec to nullsec.
I'm going to have to spend a few jumps practising all this in highsec. My first trip in a cargo-ladened 6B ISK freighter is not going to be into Stain. In two or three months, you can expect a post about either my first successful jump into Stain, or the destruction of my brand-new 6B ISK jump freighter. The latter would make for better reading, but has the nasty side-effect of making me sad.
I intend for Poetic to be the cyno lighter. So I have to figure out what skills she needs to pick up. From what I've gathered loosely over the months, the skill set for a cyno lighter is not high, so shouldn't be much of a problem. Just keep a Poetic clone down in Stain with some cyno lighting ships (I've heard this can be done in cheap frigates.) I don't know how accurate all this water-cooler information is. But I'll get around to checking out EVElopedia soon.
Heck, once I get the hang of it, maybe I'll see about joining Black Frog.