DSC Action/Binding problem

I have a DSC alarm system and I have configured it to work with openhab. It uses the EnvisaLink EVL-3 and I have not had any problems getting everything to work well with openhab. Except when I came to implement my PGM toggle. I included the DSC Alarm Action bundle in the Addons folder and I added an item to the item file. I then added a rule to trigger my item and a switch to my sitemap.

Here is my item config:
Switch GARAGETOGGLE “Garage door toggle”

Here is my enrty into the site map:
Switch item=GARAGETOGGLE label=“Toggle Garage Door”

Here is my rule for this item:
Item GARAGETOGGLE received command
** sendDSCAlarmCommand(“071”, “1*71”)**

(Right away I can see there might be a problem because a little red x appears in the side column that gives me a pop up that says:

Multiple markers at this line - Couldn’t resolve reference to JvmIdentifiableElement ‘sendDSCAlarmCommand’. - This expression is not allowed in this context, since it doesn’t cause any side effects.

In any case, I can slide the switch back and forth in my browser, but the command is not being sent to my alarm panel.

The pertinent part of the error log says:
Error during the execution of rule ‘GARAGETOGGLE’: The name ‘sendDSCAlarmCommand(,)’ cannot be resolved to an item or type.

Can anyone give me some help of insight into this problem?

Sam Bozman

Hello @SamBozman,

Make sure you also replace your current DSC Binding with the newer version 1.8, as this has been updated to service the sendDSCAlarmCommand. Hope this helps.

Thanks for the information Russell. I am using org.openhab.action.dscalarm-1.7.1 and org.openhab.binding.dscalarm-1.7.1. Do I need 1.8 for both of them?.. And also, do you know where I get them because I have not turned up any 1.8 versions in my searches.

Thanks for your help.


Here is the link to the latest version of openHAB:


The newer version will be in the addons file.

Thank you Russell! That worked! I have been trying for weeks to get this
to toggle. Neat!

Going to play with my Garage door. :slight_smile: