Originally Posted by GroundAttack
Can I put my 5.8 patch antenna on a long pole and extend the coax to my receiver?
If so, what would the maximum distance be?
Or course you can, but it is not recommended. There's no maximum distance, just account for x dB loss per coax length. See for example this calculator:
Don't know if it's accurate but you get the idea. E.g. 9 feet of the popular RG-316 at 5.8Ghz has 6dB loss. Hence you'll throw away 75% of your incoming rf-signal, so in this example you'll half your flying range. There's no simple yes/no answer, you must decide whether this is acceptable.