Best way to play as low level in the city full of enemy?
I'm a new player on Ingress. I'm currently level 1, with quite a long way to go to level 2 (1500/10000). Where I live all the portals seem to have level 4+ resonators on them, and all fully shielded. That means I do very little damage to them (when I tried on one I was doing 1% damage, which I believe is potentially rounded up).
As a new player is there anything I can do to practically help the game in my area or do I just need to continue the relatively tedious job of hacking until I get to a higher level where I have weapons that can actually have a significant effect... There sadly don't seem to be any of our resonators destroyed ever that I could replace...
Even teaming up with other players doesn't seem worthwhile because I have nothing I can contribute to a team... Even in a group my damage is likely to be insignificant and if we can neutralise any enemy portals they'll want to be deploying higher level resonators than I have available...
So I guess the question is what can a noob do in a high level area?
N.B. This isn't just a question about how to level up quickly since there are a few others on that subject. Its focussed on how I can contribute at a low level. Though I appreciate the answer may be to level up as fast as possible. :)