It sounds like I may need to draw a schematic,
If that's the case, then do you have a suggest as to why it works with jumper wires from the Arduino to the soldered header on the perfboard, but not work without the jumper wires
Thanks for the great feedback! So, I a ran a jumper from the Arduino to the soldered header one by one, and I was never able to trigger the brownout.
When I try again.. i may just solder the header where I need the pins instead of the entire header.