Thanks slimgym for the reply, but wouldn't even know what to do with the NEC code, if it did work! I'll call Dish tomorrow, and see if they can help.
I've gotten to the point of being sick and tired of fast forward, and rewind, and trying to find programs in the middle of a tape. Plus, vcr's wearing out, and having to replace them. But I have to say, so far, that I'm not impressed with the SLP(6hr) quality, compared to the VCR SLP.