after hours of fighting with the timer record feature on my mitsubishi U52 VCR, I got it to work.
I had to tell it to tape from channel 03 no matter what the channel of the program I really wanted to record was! Once I told it to tape ch 03, and left the cable box itself on the ACTUAL channel I wanted to tape it worked!!! :-)
My RCA doesn't do this, with the RCA vcr, I just tell it the actual channel I want to tape and leave the cable box on that same channel I want to record and it tapes. That's what my mitsubishi used to do BEFORE the cable. It taped the same way my RCA one does. NOw that I have the cable box, I have to tell it to tell tape Ch 03 to get it to tape using the timer record function!!!
I'm so happy I finally got it working, now I can leave stuff while I'm away on vacation! Yeah!
Thanks so much everyone for your help, support and suggestions!
Again, this message board totally rocks, and I'm definitely going to keep visiting!