I got my Novice in early 1986 and my Tech before the end of that year. I need a copy of when I got that tech so I can upgrade to General. I had moved a lot in the past 15 years, so a lot of paperwork got misplaced or purged. Several days ago, I went through the FCC ULAS and they have no record of me from before September 2001 when they modified my Tech+ back to a Tech. Were they keeping their records in the WTC?
What are my options - take the Element 3 test all over again? At 61, I do not have the same memory sharpness of when I was much younger.
You will find nothing in the FCC data base prior to the year 2000. IIRC, somewhere around that time, there was a fire that destroyed all of the prior records. Plus, some of the information from the FCC is misleading. My listing shows my "Previous Op Class" was "Advanced", but doesn't show exactly when I got my Extra. When in fact, I took the "Advanced" and "Extra" tests at the same VE session (May 1999). But at the time, they processed upgrades sequentially.
The best you can do now is find your call sign in an old call sign book. There are several published and you can find them with a Google search.
Here is what I found. I looked your call sign up at QRZ.com It has you listed with a Technician license. The FCC data base says your "Previous Op Class" was "Technician Plus", and your current Op Class is "Technician".
Also, on QRZ, is a searchable 1993 Call Sign
data base. On that site, when I do a search on your name, I come up with entry that lists your license class as "Technician", not "Technician+" and your previous class was "Novice". The effective date for your "Technician" license is listed as "03 Dec 1991".
It is possible that the 1993 Call Sign data base does not differentiate between "Tech" and "Tech+". But, this leads me to believe that you didn't upgrade to "Technician Plus" until 1991. Which is to late to claim credit for a automatic upgrade.
I may not really have enough information, but you might want to think about those dates a little more. Of course, a much simpler approach would be to simply take the General written test. There are practice tests on QRZ.com and a few other places. Getting up to speed, even at 60, should be no problem at all. I'm 68 and could do all the tests over again.