Edit - solved
Being more deliberate and setting the home in the flight planning section (as suggested here) has solved this. I made it quite far down the rabbit hole and neglected the basics!
Ill add, for this particular internet connection, I was able to move the home 500 miles away from where I am currently located and still receive signals
If I moved my home location 1000 miles away I get a similar issue as I had last night, 500 miles was not enough to move the home position… I will try rehoming when I get the laptop back home.
I wonder since I have satellite internet if I have something odd happening with my location vs where it thinks I am.
I also am trying all of this with my autopilot OFF.