Where are you? I would find a local Amateur Radio buff (Ham) and ask him for help. I am a relatively new Ham (VE7GJD) and I have found that Hams are extremely friendly and helpful. When I was setting up the radio on my boat they were very helpful. Everywhere I go boating Hams appear at my boat and want to talk. It is a really friendly group. After all, that is what Hams do, talk!
The equipment you have will probably do everything except the lastest Pactor III email. You just need a little help (like most people) getting it interconnected and on the air.
There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
Shakespeare, Julius Caesar IV, iii, 217