As you most likley know, you'll need 10 amps
to run your 2600.
BUT (there's always a but)if you can afford it
by big. If someday you want to get a HF rig
you'll need a power supply that will give
you 20-23 amps. Astron makes a very good unit.
A 25 amp unit will run about $150 vs. a 9 amp
at $70 or 16 amp at $100. I know this mistake because
I have a 16 amp and in March received my General,
now I'm power poor. Never thought three years ago
I would go beyond tech but you here I am.
MFJ makes a 30 amp with meters that looks pretty nice
for about $140. I don't know about how it's quality
Make one, verticle dipoles work very well I've made them,
or you could make a 1/4 wave ground plane.
MFJ 5/8 wave ground plane does a NICE job, I have
one and they're only $20.
Cushcraft "Ringo" models, lots to chose from.
The Comet GP-6 is a VERY good ant. and it's dual
band if you would ever get a 440 rig.
You are on the right track. Ask around BEFORE you pull
your wallet out, Hams love helping fellow hams !!
Well that's it IMHO,