Chip, Thanks again for such great information. I’lll have to work to further isolate the problem and get back to you as time allows. I have tried previously to wire 4 of these circuits to a soldered board but none of those work, from what i assume is the same problem, and that is what drove me to move back to the bread boards. Ill have to somehow find the problem using some of the tools you’ve provided and then move to the soldered board.
The regulator I am using is linear, L7805CV, I have yet to try and wire it up but it looks simple enough, one in, one out, and a grounding pin. Any tricks of the trade when working with those? Now that i think about it, I have the power shield which has an input for 7 to 20v that it can use to power the board and charge the battery. If i were to go that route should I use a 12V regulator or a 5V, or just wire straight to the power supply (this seems wrong). The only thing that concerns me is the power shield somehow getting overloaded with current and damaging the board.
I am not going to mark this as solved until I figure this out, and report back for others having similar issues.