We have selected a field from the VLA FIRST Survey which is typical in all aspects except one: it contains a bright, but extremely compact VLBI calibrator - J1159+291. 127 unresolved FIRST sources with SFIRST >= 10 mJy lie within 2.5 deg of this calibrator. lambda 6 cm MERLIN observations with a resolution ~60 mas detect around half the sources. These detections form the basis of a sample of faint but compact radio sources which are ideally suited to follow-up VLBI observations.
IAU Colloq. 164: Radio Emission from Galactic and Extragalactic Compact Sources
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- 2 pages, 2 figures (PS files), includes paspconf.sty, 164page.sty, 164def.sty. To appear in IAU Colloquium Proceedings 164: Radio Emission from Galactic and Extragalactic Compact Sources