So lesson 1, pretty much always use an empty pod, especially with cheap ships.
I do agree with t1’s only being allowed in Novice sites, it would make it much more fun. Most faction frigates wipe the floor with t1 unless your using a clever fit and then your t1 can get a sweet faction kill, but it’s rare.
You won’t get many fights roaming in a gang, except ones you won’t like. You are better off finding one or two (at most) if you want help, but you’ll get way more action flying a t1 frigate or destroyer solo. It may take awhile to get a fit you like, but stick with it and you’ll be fine. Your cap should not be running out quickly, if at all during a 1v1 frigate fight , so there may be an issue with your fit.
The only 2 ships that give me cap issues are the dual rep Incursus because it’s usually a long fight and Tristan’s which I avoid if possible because the highs are usually loaded with neuts, everything else your cap should be fine.