Thank you Rick. I'll screen the details when I get a moment.
Note that I looked at the device log and the scheduled "OFF" at midnight did occur the other day so the problem seems to solely be that "ON" signals, whether they are programmed or done in the moment using the device page do not get received by the switch unless it's door is open.
I have one more day before Amazon will take the switch back so, due to lack of time, I'll probably start the return tomorrow and will try this all again with a new switch.
Still would like your opinion if you have one on why OFF works and ON does not.
@bobbyd can give you image posting permission. It's a spam preventative measure.
That said, I would put a repeater as close as I could to that so it has to go through the repeater. But when it's turned on for you I want to see your ENTIRE z-wave details page. Though you are at 40kbs which should be enough. I suspect something else but won't know till you post your z-wave details page