An apparatus for signal amplitude restoration has a received signal input and a scaled received signal output. An amplitude correction factor generator has an estimated signal-to-noise power ratio input and a received signal input. A variable gain amplifier uses the correction factor generator output to control its gain, and amplifies or attenuates the received signal input to provide the scaled received signal output. An average SNR estimator uses the amplifier output as its input, and provides an output connected to the estimated signal-to-noise power ratio input. The apparatus processes received signals in an iterative fashion, such that at least one of the outputs is stored for use as a feedback input during later iterations.