I recently bought a Yaesu VX-8GR, and I have some questions about APRS.
I managed to set up my radio just fine, and when I hook the HT up to my magmount, I get on a digipeter quite easily. I can see myself on aprs.fi, I see other stations on my radio, etc. That leads me to my first question. There is a wx station that shows on aprs.fi that is very close to my house, but I can only see the data from it when I connect to the digipeter. Why can't I get their packets directly to my HT?
Second, I went to my parents house in rural VT. They are up quite high, so I decided to see what I could pick up on the APRS. I never got on a digipeter (that I know of) but I was getting packets from people very far away (for example, Boston). How was I getting a packet from someone that is well beyond VHF radio range, but I wasn't connecting to a digipeter?
Thanks, I'm sure I am not understanding how APRS works, so go easy on me