I would probally go with a FT-8900 Or 8800, they put out 50W and are full duplex and are small. As for HT that kenwood will work. You should really try to invest in full duplex with SO-50, So you know your hitting the satellite, and know when to stop transmitting so your not causing interference. As for the antenna, I would say Arrow Antenna, Theres also this thing called a Alaskain arrow antenna, Same antenna just one more element on 2M and three more elements on 440, Its slightly bigger, but it will give you a better kick. I have not heard anything about the Alaskian but would buy one over my arrow antenna I have, if thats what the specs claim.