First I want to say that I have hit my private message limit of 2 for the day, so I want to thank Mike and tell him I will keep his contact info. in case I need my Unit repaired.
Thank you, DigaDo, for all the wonder information and links, which I will certainly keep.
Now--to the part where I wish I could avoid but must admit, I feel absolutely foolish (and brain dead) to anyone who may read this, but I fixed the recorder myself just a few minutes ago----not really fixed, perhaps, but figured out what I did wrong that messed with my unit to cause it to turn off by itself.
First I messed around with the Panisonic and found out that it would stay on with the DVD tray open. Why was this? When I shut the tray, the unit would shut off. I looked things over and it dawned on me that I was the culprit----oh boy---well, here goes--and it's all my fault !
Not long ago, I took an extra DVD Player I had and set it on top of the Panasonic so I could play DVDs on my TV that the Panasonic won't. I don't have a lot of room for this stuff and didn't think it would be a problem to set it up there. Well--even though it doesn't seem to weight a lot, and where it sits on top of the Panasonic seems to be on the perimeter, it's just enough weight to cause problems with the Panasonic (probably makes it stick inside somewhere) thus causing the unit to shut off.
I am now, as I type, using this Panasonic unit, without any further trouble.
I apologize to you all, and I hope you will chalk this up to me being a novice.