Originally Posted by MJonAgs32
Damn I would so do this if I didn't have my good friend's baby shower that day. Bummer
You don't really need the cram session. It's just a convenient way to make sure you block out enough undistracted time. The cram sessions just provide sample tests, and a couple knowledgeable people you can ask questions of.
Use this guide: http://kb6nu.com/2007GeneralStudyGuide.pdf
And these (free) practice tests: http://www.qrz.com/exams
And block out about two hours per evening for about a week. Allow a little more time if you've never studied basic electricity at all, E=IR is not something you've ever heard, and you've never ever seen a schematic. But the simple questions they ask related to those things can also be simply memorized.
"When a modulating audio signal is applied to an FM transmitter,
the carrier frequency changes proportionally to the instantaneous amplitude
of the modulating signal."
Which reminds me of a funny story. Since I've gotten my license, I enjoy "rag chewing" away the morning and evening commute hours on one of our local 2m repeaters. (K6LRG, above Sunol) Anyhow, I was in a phone conference meeting recently, with everyone on my team and a new director (big boss) in the room, and with my first-line boss phoned in using Skype using a voice headset.
His signal was coming in loud and distorted. So when he asked "can you guys hear me OK?" having been on my mobile HAM unit during the commute hours a lot, I naturally told him: "You're over-modulating. Try moving the microphone further from your mouth."
That worked, but the new director and everyone in the room looked at me like I was from outer space.
Anyhow, the "modulating signal" is just a fancy name for the input signal, i.e. your voice as picked up through the microphone. And if it's louder or softer, its amplitude (height of the sine wave) is increased or decreased.