I was reading AD5A's (Mike) recent blog post about "Ham Radio and Fitness" and it got me thinking. I'm a little overweight and I could stand to lose about 20 lbs. This is not uncommon. Usually I swing up and down about 10-15 lbs through the year, usually with binge weight loss before our cruises in the Fall and Winter. I usually gain back any loss during the cruise!
Anyway, I need to be far more active, which brings me to the topic of this post. I do not have mountains in IA. I don't have beaches to walk. I have sidewalks, and small parks, and that is about it. So unlike Mike, I cannot go hike to the top of a mountain every weekend (oh man would I LOVE that!). So I have decided instead that I will make 100 trips to operate portable this year. There's 93 days in the actual season of Summer but I don't plan on waiting until Summer actually starts. If I hit 100 operations, I'll try to make it another 10 or 20 or however seems reasonable, but I will be getting outside. A lot.
As you would with a SOTA activation, I am going to be judging the success of these outings by contacts made. Just like SOTA, 4 contacts are required to make it a day I can count towards the 100. This should make things a bit more difficult.
Next requirement is that I have to walk at least 10 minutes before I plunk down and start operating. The park I like to operate from is only a 5 minute walk away so this should help me move to other parks in the area. If nothing else, it will mean I have to get more exercise!
What do you think? If you have any other ideas for guidelines I could follow to make the experience more interesting, let me know.