Event from user control not finding variable values in class

Hi.  I'm trying to create a DLL to communicate to a serial device.  I have the communications working, but now they want to implement a function which requires a timer.  I perform 1 write to the device and set the wait duration variable in the timer event.  The timer event should call the same function only with different variables.  All seems to be going well, but when the timer event fires in the form it calls a function from the device class.(Dataliner.DisplayPermMsg)
When I step through the code after the timer event, I find that the properties in the class that had been set previously are now all empty strings.  It is like a new instance of the class has been created and nothing is initialized.  The function passed the empty strings instead of the required values and the code completes.
When I send the next message though without using the timer, the previously set class properties are what they should be.  I think I'm missing something small, but its stopping the whole thing.  I have this same problem with using the DataArrival event of a winsock control and firing procedures or events in another class.  Both applications are DLL's. Is there something special about firing events or functions in a class that is part of a DLL?   Any and all information to fix this problem would be appreciated.
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CJ_SConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You should NEVER use properties / variables when creating a component. When you bind a variable to a component it does not create the instance right away...it will be created in the first function call to the object.

You should create your functions in such a way that you pass it all variables. It happens quite often that a component will be freed from the memory it was using, even though the reference count (underlaying the IUnknown AddRef and IUnknown Release) will be more than 0 (ie. more than one reference), but still it will free the memory.

can you post where you are declaring your instance of the class within the dll, and how you are calling it?  maybe just a small pseudo template so we can get an idea of your code structure...
You should declare any variables that you want to persist between timer events outside of the Timer routine. They should be declared at the top of the form module.

Option Explicit

DIM Persistent_Var as String

Sub Timer1_Timer()

    Text1 = MyFunction(Persistent_Var)

End Sub

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