Citation: Cruz , M J , Jarvis , M J , Blundell , K M , Rawlings , S , Croft , S , Kloeckner , H-R , McLure , R J , Simpson , C , Targett , T A & Willott , C J 2006 , ' The 6C** sample of steep-spectrum radio sources: I - Radio data, near-infrared imaging and optical spectroscopy ' Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society , vol 373 , no. 4 , pp. 1531-1562 . , 10.1111/j.1365-2966.2006.11101.x
We present basic observational data on the 6C** sample. This is a new sample of radio sources drawn from the 151MHz 6C survey, which was filtered with radio criteria chosen to optimize the chances of finding radio galaxies at z > 4. The filtering criteria are a steep-spectral index and a small angular size. The final sample consists of 68 sources from a region of sky covering 0.421 sr. We present VLA radio maps, and the results of K-band imaging and optical spectroscopy.
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