"Is there a solid state HF rig out there for around $150"
I was always integued by the words "Solid State" on radio equipment. Back in the 50's 60's they would prominently display this on all handheld portable radios as a marketing gimmick.
The idea was to convey the "ruggedness" of the radio by implying it was "Solid".
As it turns out, "Solid State" means nothing more than the fact that the molecules of the device are of a - you guessed it - "solid state."
This is in another words not to suggest that the equipment is constructed in a gaseous or a liquid state.
Anyways, for $150 you probobly wont find much in the HF range according to your specifications.
But hey... I recently ran across a solid state Fisher Price baby monitor running under $150 bucks that works on HF frequencies?!...
Charles - KC8VWM